Taking SELFIES is a Mental Disorder
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has officially confirmed that taking ‘selfies’ is a mental disorder.
The disorder of taking selfies is called ‘selfitis’, and is defined as the obsessive compulsive desire to take photos of one’s self and post them on social media as a way to make up for the lack of self-esteem and to fill a gap in intimacy.
- Borderline selfitis: taking photos of one’s self at least three times a day but not posting them on social media
- Acute selfitis: taking photos of one’s self at least three times a day and posting each of the photos on social media
- Chronic selfitis: Uncontrollable urge to take photos of one’s self round the clock and posting the photos on social media more than six times a day
Selfies is not a vanity issue. It’s a mental health one which has an extremely high suicide rate.
According to the APA, while there is currently no cure for the disorder, temporary treatment is available through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).