Dr. David Veal is a psychiatrist who claims that two thirds of the people who suffer from Body Dysmorphic Disorder, also known as BDD, have very strong urge to share selfies on the social networks.
He claims this because he has been working with this type of patients since he can remember.
The first ever diagnosed selfie addict lives in the UK, his name is Danny Bowman. This person’s condition was very serious. So serious that Danny had suicidal thoughts.
He even attempted to kill himself because of selfies. The reason behind this extreme action of his was that he could not take a perfect selfie even though he spends 10 hours a day trying to.
Danny was only 19 years old when all of this happened. First dropped out of school, then he did not want to leave his home for 6 months and lost 30 pounds. His usual day would start with taking ten or more selfies before he is even out of bed. His decision to put an end to his life was due to his inability to take the perfect selfie eve though he was trying hundreds of time a day.
Fortunately, his mother showed up in the right moment and saved him. Since then he has been in therapy in London (in Maudsley Hospital) to heal his BDD, OCD and his compulsive behavior.
The treatment involved different exercises. One of which was to take away his phone for interval of 10 minutes. After a while they increased the interval to 30 minutes and then to full hour.
Anyway, selfies are common in attention-seeking people and are either indicators of low self-esteem or narcissism.
The demonstration of Narcissism is not only a subconscious internet approach in order to make up for the low self-esteem. If these kinds of approaches are approved by some people on the social networks, people are starting to create false reality in their head.
Thailand scientists are also concerned about the selfie problem. Panpimol Wipulakorn, doctor at the Thai Mental Health Department, claims that more and more people experience the urge to refresh the news feed in order to always know who sees their pictures and secretly hope that more people will hit the “Like” button. The digital era, in which we live, is more harmful to the youth than we think it is.