It is an undeniable fact that one’s love for oneself is immense, nothing outdoes it. More so, admiration of one’s look. This fact is proven by the fact on how much time one spends smiling in front of the mirror, and now with smartphone era, taking selfie.
Scientists say that taking smartphone selfies is linked to mental health conditions that focus on a person’s obsession with looks.
According to psychiatrist, Dr. David Veal, two out of three of all the patients who came to see him with Body Dysmorphic Disorder since the rise of camera phones have a compulsion to repeatedly take selfies.
“Cognitive behavioural therapy is used to help a patient to recognise the reasons for his or her compulsive behaviour and to learn how to moderate it,” he told the Sunday Mirror.
Danny Bowman, (not the person in the photo on this page), a 19-year-old boy, is believe to be the UK’s first selfie addiction and has had therapy to treat his technology addiction as well as OCD and Body Dysmorphic Disorder. His selfie addiction spiralled out of control, spending 10 hours a day taking upto 200 snapshot himself on his iPhone.
As a part of treatment at the Moudsley Hospital in London, they took away his iPhone for intervals of 10 minutes which increases to 30 mintutes and then an hour.
“It was excruciating to begin with but I knew I had to do it if I wanted to go on living”, he told the Sunday Mirror.