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Self-Taking Portraits Can Be a Sign of Mental Illness

Self-Taking Portraits

The modern world is gadget freaked and technology driven. Social networking sites are largely accepted platform of interaction these days. Keeping one’s profile updated is a huge demand of these sites. Starting from checking in places visited or events attended to recent pictures updated are a few lists of requirements for social media networking portals.

Self-Taking Portraits

We often indulge in taking self portraits regularly and post them online. Researchers believe that this can be harmful. Psychologists warn that as earlier opposed forms of addictions, taking numerous portraits is not addiction. A symptom known as Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) has affected many of us without our slightest knowledge.

A London based Psychiatrist; Dr. David Veale, based at the Priory Hospital, has revealed that two out of three patients, who visit him for counseling, suffer from Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). The increase of camera phones triggers the compulsive disorder to take self pictures again and again throughout the day. People usually look for the perfect angle to take pictures to hide some flaw in their appearances that they are worried about. We all have imperfections but people with sound mental health do not spend hours in taking self portraits and do not think about physical appearances. People with BDD usually pick up defects which are negligible for others. It is important to pick up the early signs and counsel such patients. Family and friends, coworkers and well wishers should talk it out and help them understand the sensitivity of the issue.

Patients with BDD, suffer from anxiety and depression. This distress is sometimes severe and affects their routine functioning. The other related problems that people can suffer from are obsessive compulsive disorders, social anxiety disorders, acute depression and eating disorders. Treatment is tailored according to the participants need, and a psychiatric counselor addresses each patient differently.


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