According to psychiatrist Dr. David Veal. “Two out of three of all patients who come to me with body dysmorphic disorder since the emergence of camera phones has a compulsion to take place repeatedly and at sites autofotos social media “
“Cognitive behavioral therapy is used to help a patient recognize the reasons for his compulsive behavior and then learn to moderate it,” he told the Sunday Mirror.
Is it possible that taking autofotos cause mental illness, addiction, narcissism and suicide? Many psychologists say yes, and warn parents to pay close attention to what children are doing online to avoid future cases like happened to Bowman.
A British male teenager attempted suicide after not to take the perfect selfie. Danny Bowman became so obsessed with capturing the perfect shot that spent 10 hours a day, taking up to 200 autofotos. The 19-year-old lost nearly 30 pounds, dropped out and did not leave his house for six months in their search for the right image. He would take 10 pictures immediately after waking up. Frustrated by his attempts to take the picture he wanted, Bowman eventually tried to kill herself with an overdose, but was saved by his mother.
“He was constantly looking to take the perfect selfie and when I realized I could not, I wanted to die. I lost my friends, my education, my health and almost my life,” he told The Mirror.
The teenager is believed to be the first autofoto addict UK and has had therapy to treat his addiction to technology as well as body dysmorphic disorder and OCD.
Part of his treatment at the Maudsley Hospital in London included removal of your iPhone for 10-minute intervals, which increased to 30 minutes after an hour.
“It was unbearable to start, but I knew I had to do if I wanted to live,” he told the Sunday Mirror.
Public health officials in the United Kingdom announced that addiction to social networks like Facebook and Twitter is a disease and more than 100 patients seeking treatment each year.
“ autofotos often trigger the perception of self-indulgence or social dependence careseeking posed-if-you-do and damned ghost-if-you-not convicted of any narcissism or low self-esteem, “said Pamela Rutledge in Psychology Today.
The big problem with increasing digital narcissism is a huge pressure on people is exercised to achieve the unachievable goals, without making them hungrier. Wanting to be Beyoncé, Jay Z or a model is difficult enough already, but when you are not willing to work hard to achieve it, you are better off just lowering aspirations. Few things are more self-destructive than a combination of high law and lazy work ethic. Ultimately, the line manifestations of narcissism may be little more than a strategy of self-presentation to compensate for very low and fragile self-esteem. However, when these efforts are reinforced and rewarded by others who perpetuate the distortion of reality and consolidate narcissistic delusions.
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