Social Media Hypochondria

L0019754 A hypochondriac imagining himself being prepared for burial. Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org A hypochondriac imagining himself being prepared for burial. Lithograph by H. Daumier, 1833. Lithograph By: Honoré DaumierPublished:  -  Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

L0019754 A hypochondriac imagining himself being prepared for burial.
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A hypochondriac imagining himself being prepared for burial. Lithograph by H. Daumier, 1833.
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By: Honoré DaumierPublished: –
Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

I don’t get people that are completely besotted by their health. Every little sniffle and sneeze or rash is life threatening. Facebook seems to be nirvana for them. Really I am sorry for those that are truly ill but most of the really sick people don’t post every burp, fart or temperature on social media. After awhile I go brain numb and need to block them. My imagination starts playing tricks on me and at my age that can be a symptom of other things.

At the same time several people that have really debilitating and or life threatening illnesses never say a word as they want to be treated like everyone else and not be pitied. Why is that? Narcissism seems to be at the center of all of this. Look at me!! Look at me!! Give me pity, money, cards and sympathy. Me, Me, Me.

We all have issues and health worries. A lot of us are carers for those that are ill. Most come to social media to escape for awhile just to be awash in symptoms and moaning.

Call me uncaring or just plain mean but I wish people would just stop it. If I want to see sick people I can volunteer in a hospital. You are sick then go take care of yourself. See a doctor. Get treated. Mentioning in passing that you have an illness or asking for awareness of illnesses is fine. I get that but we don’t need to share every detail.

Sorry for the rant but it really ticks me off to see people that have imaginary illnesses parading around while others that have such terrible illnesses never say a word and try to escape it on social media.

"I'm very impressed with your  web research,this self-diagnosis would be 100% accurate...if you were a Patagonian fruit bat!"

“I’m very impressed with your web research,this self-diagnosis would be 100% accurate…if you were a Patagonian fruit bat!”

And for God’s sake stop looking up symptoms on the internet and get to a doctor!!!

12 comments

  1. marilynmunrow · May 14, 2015

    Reblogged this on Marilyn Munrow and commented:
    Oh dear. I know a few this could apply to

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  2. Gale A. Molinari · May 14, 2015

    Thanks for the reblog. I think we all do. It is really tiresome. Some of them do it constantly when it is so transparent that it is a bid for attention. I see people that copy other people’s illnesses and symptoms for attention. How sick is that. Ooops. No doubt they will be Googling that too!!

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  3. wildero64 · May 14, 2015

    So true!

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  4. ally1lakeside · May 14, 2015

    I shall so reblog this. I’ve been wondering what saying I can get from MRI as I hear our social media hypochondriac had one today and all I can come up with is “Me? Really interested?????” or More Ranting Inanely???

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  5. ally1lakeside · May 14, 2015

    Reblogged this on ally1lakeside.

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  6. Tony Burgess · May 14, 2015

    There are real people suffering real situations out there and the people who fake it for sympathy make it hard to distinguish between the two. It almost makes the people who are genuinely in peril not want to share with others because of that.

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    • Gale A. Molinari · May 14, 2015

      Exactly and truly ill people use social media as an escape. These people make them into a joke and it is cruel.

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      • Tony Burgess · May 14, 2015

        Oh my friend, I have a friend I could tell you stories about…really sad stories.

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      • Gale A. Molinari · May 14, 2015

        I have friends right now on social media with serious illnesses. You would never know it.

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  7. Tim Taylor · May 14, 2015

    Well said dear! I see it all the time. I happen to be one in the caretaker category and, well, both actually, but I try not to complain or talk about it too much. I know folks get tired of it after a while.

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    • Gale A. Molinari · May 14, 2015

      Talking to your friends when you are having a hard time is one thing. Going on about every hangnail you have to total strangers is something altogether different. I was caretaker to my father inlaw who had cancer and suffered terribly. I came to social media to escape it for awhile. I think a lot of caretakers do.

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