WHAT IS SELF DIAGNOSIS?
It is a process of identifying your medical condition by yourself through the help of dictionaries, books, past and personal experiences, gathering information from someone in the family that previously had those symptoms and nowadays people use the internet to gather information. This act is very prone to error and there is a very high possibility that you may endanger yourself in following inappropriate decisions coming from the internet. Accompanied by many risks, self-diagnosis is highly discouraged. Even doctors are discouraged from doing self-diagnosis because even they are no excuse for those mistakes.
Self-diagnosis may cause psychological disorders if you misdiagnose an illness that is related to psychiatry. These also bypass the doctor's authority which is not best for the patient-doctor relationship. By self-diagnosing, you may miss important information that only healthcare professionals can see. Another danger in self-diagnosing is when you overthink that you are sick when you are not and there is also a problem with people who cannot accept the reality or in denial about their symptoms.
HYPOCHONDRIASIS OR HYPOCHONDRIA
This is a condition in which a person is overthinking and worrying that he or she has a serious illness when they are not. People who have hypochondria are always alarmed when they notice any signs that they might be sick no matter how small or minor the symptoms are, they will always be afraid that they may have a serious disease. They usually persist in gathering more information even after their visit from a doctor. This is also about having a fear that even minor mental or bodily symptoms may lead to serious illness so what they do is they constantly examine their body for any signs and symptoms of illnesses.
Many of the people who have hypochondriasis doubt doctors or they are skeptic of the things that doctors are telling them no matter how they are being convinced that they do not have any serious illness. Also, people with hypochondriasis feel stress, anxiety and elevated blood pressure when they are in front of a doctor or any medical facility. This is known as "white coat syndrome".
WHITE COAT SYNDROME
It is an event when a person is showing a slightly high level of blood pressure inside a clinical setting. Some say this is due to anxiety that the person has experienced during a hospital or a clinic visit. They feel afraid when they are in any medical setting.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HYPOCHONDRIASIS
Hypochondriasis is a disorder that involves perception and normal cognitive function. This involves the person having an abnormal state of alertness to any potential illness and diseases and this results in acting negatively to any situation. Some people who have hypochondriasis, have this drive to constantly check with family, friends and their physicians. Any unusual event of change in the body will trigger the person to think that they have a serious illness.
Others who have hypochondriasis are afraid and will try to avoid any medical treatment or check-up even with minor health problems. Sometimes, they even get to a point where they neglect their health even when they have a serious condition and it may be left undiagnosed. Others live in desperation and depression always thing that they have a life-threatening illness and hopeless that no medical provider can help them.