I'm sorry. But no. Web MD is not accurate, at all.
Hmmmm....took me 5 seconds to find this. Sounds pretty accurate to me.
I can't get into an argument over this. The internet, including WebMD, has valuable resources. Of course, there is info that is misleading and wrong and needs to be filtered through. As I said, HA peeps should NOT self-diagnose. And, this is the crux of the matter, anyway.
Well, that's kind of common knowledge. I'm talking accurate in terms of searching your symptoms and coming up with crazy things. I've talked to so many doctors that say Web MD is crap.
H, I'm on your side. You're an anxiety peep....so am I. But, there is an important distinction to made here, IMHO. The information on WebMD is NOT false. Having anxiety disorder(s) / health anxiety doesn't make the information false. There, simply, is not any rational argument otherwise. What is false is how an anxiety person interprets the information related to their own, overall, health and the problem is how that information is filtered by someone who is really struggling with HA. As I have said so many times in my over 2000 posts, here.....HA peeps should NOT self-diagnose - period - end of story.
A healing path is never fostered when we continue to attempt to self-diagnose....I will never say (nor have I ever said) anything different.
The important distinction, to me, is that anxiety peeps eventually have to learn how to desensitize themselves to their fears. This is ultimately a major goal for all anxiety peeps. We hear a cancer treatment center commercial on tv and our HA minds begin to freak...."OMG cancer...cancer...cancer!" Does this make the actual intent of the commercial (one of trying to help, ultimately) false? No it doesn't. But, in an HA mind this information is filtered through our fears and all we really hear is: "Be careful, watch out, be vigilant or you're gonna get cancer". So what do we do? Do we turn the tv channel every single time for the rest of our lives or do we run out of the room every single time? Ultimately, we have to learn that this tv commercial has no actual relevance to our individual circumstance and has no compelling bearing on our quality of life. But, I know how anxiety peeps can get freaked, when they are struggling.
I'm not saying go to WebMD and symptom check. Or google your syptoms.These are such counterproductive habits for HA peeps
. And, if a person cannot regulate themselves in how they gather information, then it would be best to stay off medical websites completely. And, MANY peeps here, on the AZ, are in that stage off their struggles. They, simply, cannot filter the information without it going through an already amped up mind - a mind already predicated in believing their is something sinister going on in their bodies.
Having HA / anxiety doesn't change what's true.....and ultimately we want to get to a place where we can handle the truth, so to speak. Most, here, on the AZ, aren't at that point - I understand:) Having HA / anxiety is about working upon on perceptions and rationalizations with an understanding that most of what we are afraid of is not totally false, or a complete lie, but it is our anxious minds interpretations of things that do have a possibility
of happening. Most often, we can't say things shouldn't be around because they make us panicked. And, ultimately, that is a major goal for anxiety peeps - not avoiding things that are based in truth but can be skewed by an anxious minds:)