Photo credit: AP
Photo credit: AP

Chicago, Illinois – The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has officially confirmed what many people thought all along: taking ‘selfies’ is a mental disorder.

The APA made this classification during its annual board of directors meeting in Chicago. The disorder 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.

APA said there are three levels of the disorder:

  • 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

According to the APA, while there is currently no cure for the disorder, temporary treatment is available through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).  The other good news is that CBT is covered under Obamacare.

This is unwelcome news for Makati City in the Philippines, especially for its mayor, Junjun Binay, son of the incumbent vice president.  Makati was recently named selfie capital of the world by Time Magazine. The mayor even organized a ticker tape parade after his city was bestowed the rare honor.

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UPDATE: APA Defends Its Use of ‘Selfitis’ Terminology.



  1. Seriously? i dont believe in this about looking in the mirror 3 times a day? is that a mental disorder as well? Taking “Selfie” why in the blue hell it would become a mental disorder? what if one had a smartphone and later switched to an ordinary cellphone which doesn’t have a camera and obviously cant take “Selfies” now does that mean he/she has overcame the soo called mental disorder..?


  2. i will tell you another secret with cctv cameras, you can do jokes too and then publish them on youtube…i know it they do it in europe southamerican..i think australia and canada tooo.taking photos is not a mental well it depends who you are. if you are blond defenetily not. also if you are in business and in people and politicians should get used to that..or should they not? politicians in europea asutralia canada southamerica etc are not only filmed by cctvs but also you have the media. this law is defenitely very controversial. i think selfies are more bad behaviour. mis behaving.


  3. i bet the writer of this article likes my photos too.the thting is since technoly was invented many things are fine. my mother has telecameras everywhere she is a business owner. also europe is full of telecameras everywhere russia canada too. taking selfiies is like cctv cameras. in my house for security there are cctv camerasin the business too…you can find criminals through the cctv and see who has a mental disorder otr not…people who take selfies take them becaus ethey like it. they like being said you look good maybe it is more to do with narcicism. the law maybe has more to do with when cctv cameras did not exist. noew since sstv caeras where inveted everything is registered and every registration is saveed so one sommoene deos a crime you have the telecameras. this is very controversial.meanwhile cctv cameras film everything you do in every second. we are not in the medieval were pricesses and queens exist,, yes now the royals exist but they are actualised they are the royyals of the 20th century. not of the medioeval era, were cctv caemras did not exist. all of us are being filmed and sometimes those cctv shots stay recorded especially if you have commited a crime or did something wrong. in europe and canada and russia and south america they also film cars in the city. everything is filmed. this selfities law is controversial. defenitely. because people needs to get use to living with cctv cameras specially if you come from a business background or have a house were telecameras are placed to avoid crimes. My backgrojund i am EUropean southamerican my family comes from the North of italy and i also have uncles etc in germany.


  4. coommon i want to know who wrote this article. is this a joke. next time could you copy and paste the actual law to make the news more believable. Then It was in Chicago, it doesnt mean the law is the same in every state and in canada and europe and South america and russia. common is this a joke i take selfies every minute.well not every minute..but…sell the think is i am blond and sexy i now got used to that i put a selfie 100 people esay they like it….o common this is defenitely a joke. well pprobably it dependes who ytou are if you are a sexy blond probably it isnt a disorder and then i want to see the copy and paste of the law, also i want to remind evryone that the US is made of states in chicago probably selfities is a mental disorder but there are humdreds of other s states with different laws. then in Canada isnt in EUrope neither in russia neither in South awmerica neither. I bet thtis article was written by an ugly betty was it? wwho cannot see beutiful blonds taking hundredd of photos..or is it bec ause my real boobs are too big?


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