You can Google any illness and get results summarizing the symptoms, treatments, and other details about that condition. Websites like WebMD, the Mayo Clinic, and MedlinePlus make a wealth of health information available to everyone. WebMD even has an interactive feature where you enter symptoms, and it then generates a list of potential diagnoses [Read more…]
“Uncertainty is an uncomfortable position. But certainty is an absurd one.” – Voltaire
Uncertainty is an unavoidable part of life. Many of us feel distress when faced with uncertainty. This makes sense, given that sometimes things do turn out badly, or not as we would like. Nevertheless, the “not knowing” [Read more…]
Is hypochondria a real thing?
Hypochondria, like obsessions and depression, is a term that is used one way in casual conversation but that has a different meaning in a clinical context. People typically use the term “hypochondriac” to describe people who are unusually or unnecessarily anxious and concerned about their health. And, in fact, hypochondriasis was an actual [Read more…]
In recent years, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has become a hot topic in the military and the media. For many, PTSD conjures up an image of a combat veteran who has returned home with troubles after being exposed to land mines and air raids. Indeed, statistics show that 11-20% of veterans coming back from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from PTSD. But PTSD is not just a military problem. People who have experienced a life-threatening experience may have PTSD and not even know it. [Read more…]
Over the past week or two, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been receiving considerable media attention. The news that two healthcare providers with the virus were being transported back to the United States was met with a mixed reaction. Some people were concerned that their travel to the U.S. could trigger an Ebola outbreak here. One may ask: how much concern about Ebola contamination is reasonable and prudent? When exactly do we cross the line into excessive? [Read more…]