Selfies Linked To Mental Illness, Narcissism, and Addiction

March 11, 2015

Selfies Linked To Mental Illness, Narcissism, and Addiction

There is a growing obsession with how a person looks and selfies are not helping any. Dr. David Veal, a psychiatrist states that two out of three patients that come to visit him for body dysmporphic disorder take and post selfies on social media sites. Cognitive behavioral therapy can be used for those that have compulsive behaviors, such as taking selfies, Dr. Veal told The Sunday Mirror.


A British teenager tried to commit suicide after an attempt to take the perfect selfie went awry. Danny Bowman was so obsessed with taking the perfect picture of himself that he would often take up to 200 pictures of himself on a daily basis. He wanted to capture the perfect shot and would take up to 10 hours per day to do so.

This 19 year old lost 30 pounds in the mist of all of this. In his attempt to do so, he dropped out of high school and also never left his house for the six month period. In the morning, right after waking up, Bowman would immediately take 10 photos of himself. Frustrated that he was not able to take the right picture, he tried to overdose on drugs, but luckily his mother saved his life.

Bowman stated “I was constantly in search of taking the perfect selfie and when I realized I couldn’t, I wanted to die. I lost my friends, my education, my health and almost my life.”
Bowman is believed to be the first selfie addict of the UK and has gone to therapy to treat this addiction. He is also treating OCD and body dysmporphic disorder. A portion of the treatments include taking away his iPhone at gradual intervals, starting at just 10 minutes and then working up to a full half an hour.

This treatment is being done at London’s Maudsley hospital. Bowman says that the beginning was rough but he knew that if he wanted to keep on living he had to make it work.
More than 100 individuals seek treatment each year for the addiction of social media.

Psychology Today’s Pamela Rutelege stated “Selfies frequently trigger perceptions of self-indulgence or attention-seeking social dependence that raises the damned-if-you-do and damned-if-you-don’t spectre of either narcissism or very low self-esteem.”
Doctors do believe that selfies are causing issues. They feel that they can generate problems for individuals, especially those that lack confidence.

Selfie is a word that is defined as a photograph taken of oneself, typically with a webcam or smartphone, and then uploaded on a social media site. There are several kinds of selfies, including the gym selfie, the car selfie, the pet selfie, the blurry selfie, the just woke up selfie, the add a kid selfie, the pretending to be a sleep selfie, the hospital selfie, the I’m on drugs selfie, the duck face selfie, the gigantic whore selfie, the pregnant belly selfie, the 3D selfie, the I have enough money to fly on a plane selfie, the say something that has nothing to do with anything selfie, and the I live in filth selfie.

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