Googling, playing internet Dr., self-diagnosing from various websites.....these are a few of the most common counterproductive habits / actions that HA peeps fall back to as, potential, 'comfort' when struggling. Something happens in our HA minds where we feel some sort of 'pull' drawing us back to bad habits even though we KNOW (history and our own experiences and reading about other peeps' experiences tells us) that, ultimately, we are doing harm to our chances of moving down a viable healing path for our anxiety issues. How powerful is anxiety....geez!? We KNOW that googling is a terrible habit, yet many continue to hope that 'this time' I will get that much needed relief I was seeking. That 'this time', I'm going to have that "AHA!" moment. We have proven over sand over and over and over that it just doesn't work this way for an amped up, hyper HA mind. We, simply, cannot put the info we glean from the internet into proper context about our OVERALL health.
We tend to, wholly, dismiss the information that would likely discount our fears and we, overwhelmingly, focus upon and give mighty credence to only the information that MIGHT back up our claims, worries and self-diagnoses.
Our HA minds are so wired towards absorbing info that will 'justify' our worry, that once we read a story about the 19 year old who had colon cancer, it is likely locked in our brains forever. Of course, never mind that this case was a rare form of cancer and that there was some family history, as well. We will discount that information in our hyper minds and we will relate this rare story to our own health and to our future health possibilities. I use the analogy of Pandora's Box. Once opened, the evils were set free into the world...never to be returned back to the box.
Of course, I understand how difficult it is to not google. We just want some relief (some answers, perhaps). What harm is there in it? Well, there have been 3,675 threads on The AZ (don't try to count, I just made up a number...it's prob higher, though:) that have the title, "HELP, I googled and now I'm freaked out!" So, the proof is there....we know the outcome of this habitual behavior.
All we can try to do is accept that googling our own med stuff is counterproductive and we can attempt to move away from this action. There is NO protection. NONE. To be able to seek out a viable, lasting healing path, we will, eventually, have to cease (or GREATLY curb) this habit. I don't begrudge anyone who is a google queen or king. Hell, I used to do it back in the day....but that was just at the beginning of the internet, really. I sure did have some med books in my possession, though!:) I no longer do research on my own health...and haven't for many years. And, this directly correlates to when I began finding more successes in seeking out a healing path. Sure, there is much more than not googling that we have to embrace, but it is a GREAT place to start:)
Peace and Feel Well:)