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Taking Dozens of 'Selfies' Daily?: You May Have A Severe Mental Problem

"Self Portrait" (Photo by mitra mirshahidi)
"Self Portrait" (Photo by mitra mirshahidi)
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Although snapping a few photos with friends, notable personalities, and of course, ourselves, seems like a fun way to capture memories, it could turn into a deadly habit. Psychologists such as Dr. David Veal believe selfies can become an addiction for people who already have certain psychological illnesses.

The growing trend can become a serious problem and pose fatal health risks. “It’s not a vanity issue. It’s a mental health one which has an extremely high suicide rate,” Veal told Mirror News.

The doctor’s clinic has helped the most recent victim of selfie addiction, 19-year-old Englishman Danny Bowman, who developed an obsession with selfies and posting them on social media since the age of 15. The teenager, who’s been diagnosed with body dysmorphic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder spent 10 hours a day taking up to 200 photos of himself. “This wouldn't happen if it wasn't in the media age,” Bowman said in the Daybreak video. “This is a very new thing, selfies.”

Social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter, promote the cultural need for selfies with functionality tools that encourage uploading photos onto the page. Moreover, people who post more frequently on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have scored higher for certain narcissistic traits.

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