Selfies Linked To Mental Disorders
Since selfies have become increasingly popular, many scientists have done a variety of research, and some have associated this modern trend with a variety of mental problems.
Dr. David Veal, a psychiatrist, says that two in three people suffering from BDD (Body Dysmorphic Disorder), with whom he collaborated from the beginning of the era of camera phones have a strong need to take selfies and social networks. He states that patients learn to recognize the true causes of their obsessive behavior through cognitive-behavioral therapy.
Danny Bowman is considered the first addict diagnosed in the UK.
His condition was so severe that he led to suicidal thoughts and even an attempt. The reason for his extreme action was that even after 10 am the day he took pictures of himself, he could not make a “perfect” selfie. Bowman was 19 at the time. He dropped out of school, did not want to leave home for six months and lost about 30 pounds. His day started with 10 selfies even before he got up. He did not achieve his goal of making the perfect selfie after hundreds of tests a day. This led him to make the decision to end his life. Fortunately, his mother found him on time and he was saved. Since then it has been included in the hospital treatment center Maudsley in London for therapy to address his compulsive behavior, and his OCD and BDD her. The treatment included exercises with his will – his phone was taken away for 10 minutes and after a while it was 30 minutes and then an hour later. Bawman said his recovery was an extremely difficult process, but he knew he had to do it if he wanted to continue his life.
With the growing influence of social networks on people’s lives, more and more people are seeking help and various treatments for their reliance on Facebook and Twitter every year.
Pamela Rutledge shares the fact that selfies are often a form of attention and are either an indicator of narcissism or a very low self-esteem.
The spread of digital narcissism is more about putting too much emphasis on people to achieve unattainable goals without the will to work hard to succeed. Demonstration of Internet narcissism is not just an unconscious approach to counterbalance low self-esteem. When these approaches are endorsed by other people in social networks, they fuel the twist of reality that is in the mind of the person.
Scientists in Thailand are also concerned about the problem of self-seeking.
Panpimol Wipulakorn, doctor of the Thai Mental Health Unit, says that more and more people feel the need to refresh their news feed, to control who sees their profile and likes their photos. “I like this button the youth is more harmful than we thought …