This is a placeholder until I can get some time to blog about this properly.
IMO it’s NOT fundamentally because we have access to ‘Internet diagnoses’.
It’s because of ‘awareness raising campaigns’. Have you watched the telly, travelled on a bus or a tube train, or shopped in a supermarket recently?
Then you can’t have failed to notice the overwhelming volume of health advisory & awareness ‘adverts’.
Honestly, depending on where you look, you’ll see stuff about diabetes, heart disease, every different type of cancer etc. It is utterly pervasive, and I’ve been wondering for a long time if this saturation of health hectoring and fear-mongering has driven up cases of hypochondria.
And it has.
More on this when I get the time…