- When researching a condition online, remember, you're getting just basic info
- Have a specific question in mind, and give yourself a time limit
- If you start feeling afraid or confused, make yourself stop
This story was originally published on CNN.com in 2007.
(CNN)First-year medical students are some of the biggest hypochondriacs around. Bombarded with information about every disease under the sun, they start to imagine they have them all. In their minds, every mole is skin cancer. A nosebleed is surely a sign of a tumor. Headache? Must be skyrocketing blood pressure.