AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION MAKES IT OFFICIAL: ‘SELFIE’ A MENTAL DISORDER

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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466 thoughts on “AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION MAKES IT OFFICIAL: ‘SELFIE’ A MENTAL DISORDER”

  1. Yes, because the suffix “-itis” is a suffix meaning an inflammatory disease. Since when is a mental illness considered an inflammatory disease.

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  2. American Psychiatric Association states that being “selfie” is a mental disorder called “selfitis”. It is characterize as an obsessive compulsive yearning to take pictures of yourself and post it to social sites at once. This study states that this is what “selfie” people way to structure their lack of self-worth and confidence…..

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  3. good ive hardly ever posted a selfie , but taken some especially with friends so that all can be included , but again never had the time to post them on FB

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  4. People have this or that obsessive compulsive desires to make up or fill one`s emotional vacuum of one`s own ego. Its not any disorder but an order of any human being till their ego matures to the self actualising point where one start searching the meaning for what one does.

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  5. To everyone who’s still wondering, this is a joke or satire of some sort, if you want proof, the APA annual meeting is going to be held may 5th in New York. But I think it’s an interesting and I’ve always believed selfies were associated with some mental disorders! but it’s not just low self esteem it could also be a narcissistic behaviour and people looking for gratification.. if they were to officially declare it a mental disorder they’ll need certain research to get a clear classification, which I personally think would be bigger than the simple classification suggested of this site.

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  6. Bull#$*! The APA actually doesn’t have a clue.They have been called out time and time again on their made up illnesses. They r just trying to put the world on Drugs and have a bunch of zombies as people and make thousands off of doing it. That sounds like a mental illness, perhaps they should be put on drugs… oh wait I think thats actually a crime and they should be put in jail.

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  7. I’m not a selfie fan,but this article is stupid and people circulating it are highly stupid. They classify it as a disorder and gave it a name OMG! Reminded me of the invention of ADHD, poor people who believe in this.

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  8. I feel like anything that is nonstandard or obsessive is somehow classified as a mental disorder. Nonstandard processes are just that – nonstandard. A city’s tourism market grew because of the selfie trend. And obsessions are indistinguishable from habits and dedicated practice of a skill. Selfies are annoyng because they can display vanity, but they could also display a very healthy self-confidence. Gauge the circumstance, not the deed. If it’s controlled and desired, it’s a nonstandard habit. If it’s an addiction and the desire is to stop, then it should be labelled as a mental disorder. Same action, different classification.

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    1. Also, for the record, I know it’s a giggle post, a satire. But this thinking is everywhere in the medical industry, especially the psychology and psychiatry fields.

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  9. i dont think this selfie is a mental disorder coz after seeing this teenagers case
    its like he just isolated himself completely form every one but his i phone and had a passion of whats to be a popular icon like all other teenagers go through and his addiction of approvals does show that he was trying to get attention from the person he admires the most, not all of the people out there in the world are suffering from the mental disorder oh please just give it break, some people would like to just capture a moment of their new look and they r posting on their own profile not all are asking for attention if you can a take a picture of a horse then u can take a picture of ur own self or ur any other occasion and even with standing with other people there is a still a selfie, so answer to that.

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  10. Personally, I am not not a big fan of selfie and posting them on social media site but what I understand from the article is taking selfies once in a while or once in a week or month and posting or not posting in a social media site has no classification. So that’s okay to do!

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  11. This article is obviously a satire, however it opens an interesting conversation regarding the psychological implications of social media. So…why do some people post photos of themselves more than others? If I were to make my best educational guess, based upon evidence found upon my friends (and who’s personalities I know) I would say that there is a common psychological thread. People post pictures of themselves on those particular days because at that moment they feel the best about themselves and to share that moment of positivity and self worth on social media like facebook increases the intensity of feeling good about ones self. A simple personal thought to yourself of: “damn I look good” feels great but 10 supportive comments of: “wow you look HOT” feels 10 times better….which is how I can see this ‘satire’ becoming a real psychological disorder. Self-confidence in many people is no longer justified by ones own acceptance in this social media generation rather their confidence is now defined and dependant upon what feedback they receive. To further my point….all my friends that have children…that is all that they post, their beloved kids…not selfies, because they don’t need instant and continuous gratification, they already have it. Anyone who cares to debate what I have said please do, because I am one who does not and has never needed to fulfill any selfie satisfaction…so perhaps I don’t fully understand one’s intention. Enough said.

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    1. Well, Mrs. Boyle, in your case yes… I could clearly spot the difference between people posting their photos taken by people “other than themselves” and posted on social media networks (may be as remembrance of some good spent times) and people who could never stop flashing their devices in their own faces most of the day… In the former case i see no psychological disorder and deem it to be a very ‘normal’ behavior. As you have mentioned, parents and families need no ‘hot’, ‘awesome’, and ‘gorgeous’ sort of comments. While in the latter, I do agree there is obviously something wrong… especially when it comes to the likes, the relikes of the likes, and the utmost attempt to appreciate the likers…

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    2. Dear Mrs Boyle,
      I agree with you opinion but I beg to differ…Let’s not get confused with different age groups and different emotional conditions. and let’s also not consider people using social media as a dating platform. For sure, people with good families ties and who are mostly above 30 would not be posting photos or selfies to crave for likes and attention. Same can be said for people having strong self-confidence and who are very social media type keeping their networks and friends updated with photos on their different real world activities, hobbies, vacations, etc… However, taking the age group 12-25 years old, most of them (let’s not generalize here too) are teenagers still looking for their identity, looking for recognition from their peers, from their teachers and of course their parents. Together with this age group, let’s now consider all other people, irrespective of their age, having emotional problems deriving from love affairs, personality disorders, divorces, sense of loneliness, etc.. In short, these people together with most teenagers lack self-confidence and self-esteem. Nowadays, social media is thus the perfect tool for them to express their frustrations. There, they can show to the world that they are here too, that they ain’t no “loosers” – they want recognition, they want attention ! IMHO, selfie is just a by-product of social media amongst others. It’s overuse is a sign of CRAVING for missed attention !
      “Look at me, look at me, look how am sexy !” “Take a look at my new haircut, do you think it suits me!” “Of those ten poses, which smiles do you find the cutest?” “My newly bought dress for my clubbing night”….and the list goes on and on….

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  12. So shouldn’t you also come up with a disorder for people who post their every rant on social media? Or those who text more than a certain number of messages a day? Or people who post photos of other people, the places they’ve been to, or food they’ve eaten? I personally do not post a lot of selfies but I disagree with this. Selfies is a cultural/generational thing so much so that gadgets have been invented to make it easier for people to take them. Calling taking selfies a disorder is like calling this generation’s obsession with certain types of tv shows or their constant job hopping at a certain age a disorder as well.

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  13. I disagree…my opion is when you do selfie’s you excude confidence, its when you don’t post pictures of yourself in the social media, is a sign of low esteem…

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    1. I agree with you. I don’t post selfie pics (even if sometime i’d like to)coz i don’t think people would be interested on me and what im up to.

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  14. Wow, so movie stars, televised news reporters, models, all those folks in sports, real T.V. people, astronauts, singers of all music, the mega rich, exotic animals n dancers, wild animals, domestic animals, third world country exploded children, and list goes on and on and on……how will they ever survive if there’s a band against, “selfie”. Poor people….

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  15. neurotic disorders are diseases so classified if it hinders the daily functions of a person so as it renders him incapable of performing a normal life on day to day basis, so much so that the person is so engrossed on a particular activity that it is all he is doing everyday that other aspect of life is already neglected.

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  16. I Disagree sa Selfitis 😛 LOL

    APA is only a group of people that promulgate and made such statement that this one way of self-expression is a mental disorder.

    For everyone who read the post, Is there anybody don’t have a selfie pics which in the category of borderline, acute and chronic?
    If you/everyone has a selfie pics, does it mean that you/everyone will deal on it that they have a “Mental Problem”?

    For me as one of those having selfie pics, I may be can tell its only a diversion that occupies one’s time and thoughts or simply a pastime, dalliance 😛 or just a way to show yourself coz some of us are introvert/invaginate that persons tend to shrink from social contacts and to become preoccupied with their own thoughts and through selfie they can express there selves.

    Tho’, we have different understanding, interpretation and way of self expression. But if you agree on what they called selfitis, MAGPACHECK-UP NA KA KAY NAA KAY SOMETHING… 😀

    #ConfideYourself
    #DiliManKamiMagtug.an
    #MakeSenseTheIssueByAttachingTheReferenceStudy

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    1. Madam. Search mo sa google yung SATIRE. my gulay ang haba haba ng paliwanag mo hindi mo naman nagets na joke lang tong lahat. in essence, SATIRE = joke. Yung buong adobo chronicles ay puno ng SATIRICAL articles. puro joke ba. Haaaay…

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    2. I’ve never had a selfie 😀 and I really hope you truly differentiate between selfies and other types of pictures taken.

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  17. Sooooooo what I’d like to know is directed at all you people who believe whatever is stamped with an official sounding name: if they say finding things funny is a mental disorder.. would you consider it crazy to laugh?

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  18. Naman guys.

    Kailangan ba every 5 minutes may magcomment na “THIS IS SATIRE” para hindi tayo mag over react?… kawawa naman ang Pilipinas pag ganun. Puno ng mga “seemingly intelligent” people na hindi marunong mag pause and reflect. tsk. kaya hindi tayo umuunlad eh..

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  19. They should be responsible for this mental disorder because they created facebook and without it nobody will know how to take selfie and nobody know how post it online. That is the reason why they cannot find a cure for it. If they did FB will die.

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    1. Yes. The American Psychiatric Association created Facebook.

      Are you a Scientologist or just an idiot? This article is satire.

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  20. Come on, no phychiatrist would come up with such terms and a research so incomplete… Next time you write an article about something apparently interesting, at least come up with a better text and some references…

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    1. Come on, no pretentious person would think that this is a legit article…. Next time you write a comment about something apparently intelligent, at least have the common sense to check if you are reading a real article or a satire.

      This goes to everyone who thinks they’re ‘too smart to notice the illegitimacy of the article’ as well. 😛

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      1. Actually, the assertion that ‘selfies’ are being diagnosed as a mental disorder isn’t as obviously false as you say. According to the APA’s DSM-IV, the criteria’s highlighed on the article already meet multiple symptoms. One that springs to the top of my head is narcassitic personality disoder (NPD) of the compensatory type.

        So get off your high horse, Raymund. There’s good reason, and evidence, to believe that this may be the case. Though not ‘officially’ so.

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    2. Come on. No sensible person would not be able to recognize this as satire. Chill dude. I assume with that level of “literacy” demonstrated by your comment, i need not elaborate on the meaning of “satire”. 😉

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  21. haha.. Natatawa ako sa mga reactions.. Address nga pa lang ng site ALAM NA.. hehe.. Nadali kayo.. or baka ako nadali.. hehe.. Anyhow, didn’t convinced me at all.. If this is true, I think most of the world then have mental disorder.. Hehe.. Like Ellen D. during OSCARS.. ^^

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