The popular trend of taking smartphone selfies is related to mental health conditions. One of them is preoccupation with individual’s looks. People who constantly take and publish selfies on social media sites is a result of compulsive behavior, says Dr. David Veal, an experienced psychiatrist.
Many psychologists also support this thesis and warn parents to pay special attention on how their children are using the Internet.
As shockingly as it sounds, a British teenager tried to commit suicide after he failed to take a good seflie photo. There is also another shocking story. A 19-year-old guy named Danny Bowman, spent 10 hours a day taking up to 200 selfies, capturing the perfect shot. He lost almost 30 pounds, dropped out of school and did not leave his home for 6 months in his attempt to get the perfect picture. He used to take 10 pictures after waking up. Frustrated after his several unsuccessfully taken shots, he tried to take his own life by overdosing, but was saved by his own mother.
The teenager gave a statement for The Mirror saying that he had been obsessed with capturing the ideal selfie that he wanted so desperately. He also said that in this crazy quest, he lost his friends, his education, his wealth and practically his life.
Danny Bowman is considered to be the UK’s first selfie addict. He has underwent a therapy in Maudsley Hospital in London to treat his technology addiction along with OCD and Body Dysmorphic Disorder.
In this case, the first part of the therapy was taking away his iPhone for a period of ten minutes, then increased with 30 minutes break and finally for an hour.
Public health officials in the UK came with the announcement that being addicted to social networks such as Facebook and Twitter is an illness and more than 100 patients looked for therapy every year.
How the selfie syndrome is making us narcissistic? Pamela Rutledge for Psychology Today explained that selfies often trigger perceptions of self-indulgence or attention-seeking social dependence. So, in simple terms, there are two situations which point to either narcissism or extremely low self-confidence.
What are the consequences of the social media on our health?
– Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
– Narcissistic Personality Disorder
– Body Dysmorphia
– Obsessive-compulsive Disorder
– Schizoaffective and Schizotypal Disorders