Published on April 8th, 20140
“Selfie”, a mental illness? The truth about people who take them
Lately, on social networks news spread that the American Psychiatric Association classified the “Selfie” as mental illness obsession of people making pictures of their selves.
According to a report originally published by The Adobo Chronicles, this disease has no cure, but it is necessary behavioral therapy to relieve symptoms.
The condition, called “selfie” manifests itself in three forms:
1. Borderline selfitis: when a person makes many pictures (at least 3 per day) but does not publish them on social networks;
2. Acute selfitis: when a person makes and publish them online at least three selfies daily;
3. Chronic selfitis: when someone keeps taking pictures and publish at least 6 different pictures every day on social networks.
According to the APA, while there is currently no cure for the disorder, temporary treatment is available through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). The other good news is that CBT is covered under Obamacare.
It might seem hard to believe this is news. Well, it really isn’t! The information is actually invented by the editors of The Adobo Chronicles, a website known for fake news they publish.
Even if the “selfie” disease is just a joke, psychologists point out that obsession with these pictures can hide real and serious mental disorders.
People that often make selfies are not dependent of their own powers, so they feel bad about their body and do not communicate, shown in a recent study by psychiatrist David Veal.
He studied the case of a teenager, Danny Bowman, who lost 10 hours daily in an attempt to achieve a perfect selfie. He degraded fast and no longer went to school , just sitting in the house, no longer communicating with friends and eventually attempted suicide.
“It was an extreme case. But the problem is serious, it is not about vanity here, is a mental health problem and can lead to suicide in many cases”, said Veal.
Source: Policy Mic