Are You A Sick Selfie Addict? Doctor Claims It Could Cause ‘Body Dysmorphic Disorder’

It's said a picture is worth 1,000 words, and if that's the case, then what do selfies say? Perhaps quite a bit, actually. For the uninitiated, a "seflie" is the practice of taking your own picture, and these days it's typically done with a mobile device's front-facing camera. You've probably seen teens and adults alike make goofy faces at their cell phone -- they're probably using Snapchat or some equivalent. Selfies are certainly trending in the mobile world, and according to various experts in the field of health, it could be cause for concern.

An article in the Guardian Liberty Voice tells the story of Danny Bowman, a man diagnosed with body dysmorphic disorder. Bowman became suicidal at one point. What pushed him to that point was being obsessed with trying to take the perfect selfie -- he would take about 200 pictures a day of himself. After failing to take what he perceived to be the perfect snapshot of himself, he tried to kill himself by overdosing on drugs.

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His physician, Dr. David Veale, claims selfies may cause mental illness in some people. This can include body dysmorphic disorder, which itself has "an extremely high suicide rate," Dr. Veale says.

Bowman's parents, both of which are mental health professionals, believe that society has "huge lack of understanding" about the dangers today's mobile devices and social media can have on teens and adults. They're not the only ones. Dr. Pamela Rutledge stated in an article for Psychology Today that selfies can be dangerous to a person's mental health, and that taking them frequently is a sign of narcissism, low self esteem, attention seeking behavior, and self indulgence.

What do you think? Could selfies be indicative of a mental health issue, or is the trend too new to make that kind of determination?
Dave_HH 8 months ago

Personally hate selfies... I think with other people in the shot, they're kind of cool, a nice way to see who you're hanging with and having a good time with. On the other hand, I see people shooting selfies of just themselves so frequently sometimes and once in a while, to get a good shot on your social page or whatever is fine, but over and over is just vanity and kind of weird.... just my opinion. :)

Jaybk26 8 months ago

I'm definitely not a fan of them. I see my siblings and friends take endless amounts of them to Snapchat. The weird part of that to me is that they don't even care about the picture, they're just using it as a slightly slower form of texting.

StaticFX 8 months ago

i dont mind the occasional one... for a REASON.. like my son was in NYC with his class and took a selfie with the empire state building in the background (from the top of the rock).


But when they are pointless... bathroom mirror shots... you are just vain and looking for attention (IMO)

Asad 8 months ago


illus1ons 8 months ago

I hate selfies

JefferyPruett 8 months ago

Selfies will be Selfies :)

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