Teenagers are getting so much obsessed with selfie's where it is more likely raising as a public threat in today's world, said psychiatrists in Mumbai.
In a recent incident where a girl drowned while taking selfies at the Bandra Bandstand has raised questions about the extent of selfie obsession among youngsters. Psychiatrists have termed selfie obsession as a mental disorder where people with low self-esteem seek appreciation and recognition through selfie and also take extreme risks to strike the best pose. This mental disorder is termed as "Selfitis".
‘Youngsters suffering from Selfitis seek recognition and acceptance through selfies.’
Dr Sagar Mundada, psychiatrist at JJ Hospital, said, "I have seen three patients in the age group of 20-25 who I have treated for Selfitis in the past three months. It is a psychiatric obsessive compulsive disorder wherein such patients start feeling from restlessness and anxiety if they do not click selfies every day. The two patients who are currently under treatment used to feel anxious if they didn't click five selfies in a day. Following this, we have started treating them on behavioral therapy and medications and now it has reduced to two selfies in a day."
"Clicking selfies is not an issue but if someone clicks three to six selfies and posts it on social media everyday and further suffers from anxiety if they do not click a single selfie in a day, then becomes a huge cause of concern. Also, such people do not have strong bonds with their families and friends, have less popularity among their circle and are in constant search of acceptance and recognition which they receive through likes and comments on their selfies on their social media pages. All these factors are contributing to selfie obsession among youngsters and most commonly among girls," explained Dr Mundada.