【BBC地道英语】  Cyberchondriac

丫丫英语馆2018-05-15 21:35:11


Summary

Feifei has a headache and is convinced that something terrible is wrong with her. But is the medical advice on the internet helping her find out what's wrong – or is it making her feel worse?


Feifei

Hello and welcome to The English We Speak with me, Feifei…


Sian

…and me, Sian. Hello! Hey Feifei what are you doing on your phone? We've got a programme to record.


Feifei

Well you see I've got a really bad headache and it says here on this website that I might have a head injury, or maybe a tumour or…


Sian

Or maybe you've just got a headache! Give me that phone… you're just scaring yourself!


Feifei

Hang on it says here that I should go to the hospital if I have these other symptoms. Maybe I do have a fever… I am feeling quite hot.


Sian

That's because it's boiling in here – I'm hot too… and I'm starting to get a headache. I know exactly what's wrong with you – you have a case of cyberchondria!


Feifei

Cyberchondria? Oh dear I knew something was wrong. That sounds serious – what is it?


Sian

A cyberchondriac is someone who looks up medical advice on the internet for every symptom they have and then gets really anxious because they think they have a serious illness! Just like you're doing.


Feifei

Oh, like a 'hypochondriac' - that's someone who imagines illnesses that they don't have, isn't it?


Sian

Exactly, this term is a combination of 'cyber' – relating to computers – and hypochondriac. Let's hear some examples...


Examples

There are so many medical websites nowadays, it's no wonder more and more people are self-diagnosing and becoming cyberchondriacs.


Ana: I was convinced that I had this really rare disease that I read about online. Turns out I just wasn't drinking enough water!


Joe: Ha! You're such a cyberchondriac!


Feifei

Right, let's get on with the programme – I haven't brought my glasses today so I'm afraid I can't read the script very well.


Sian

What? You've forgotten your glasses? Well no wonder you've got a headache.


Feifei

Oh yeah that could be it. Phew I was convinced something terrible was wrong with me. Right, let's get on with the programme.


Sian

Hang on there's a link here to the 'ten most dangerous tropical diseases' I'll just have a quick look….


Feifei

But you haven't even been to a tropical country lately. Put the phone down!


Sian

Alright! See you later. Bye!


Feifei

Bye!

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