- you gotta be kidding me!
- is this a satirical publication like The Onion?
Admittedly, I laughed at the idea that one can actually suffer from a mental disorder associated with taking too many selfies.
Psychiatrists call the actual disease associated with selfie-obsession Body Dysmorphic Disorder. "Taking selfies is not an addiction" but a symptom of BDD, says Dr. David Veale. Rather than narcissism, compulsive selfie snappers suffer from an obsession with taking that perfect selfie.
Body Dysmorphic Disorder is the same mental illness associated with eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia.
As though a simple selfie isn't enough, with the right app, those with BDD can sculpt the perfect selfie: CreamCam promises "flawless skin" and the "perfect selfie every time." Selfie Photo Editor--Cosmetic Editor offers users a way to "slim and trim to selfie perfection."
Some mental health professionals contend that these apps could "contribute toward a young adult developing an eating disorder." Of course developers of these apps say this isn't their intention, as though intention justifies effect.
The media constructs--literally--ideas about body image that represent fictions young people see as realities they need to attain. Like Echo chasing Narcissus, the selfie-obsessed seek to capture the unattainable. They, like Narcissus, fall in love with an image of themselves that exists only in the mirror of a cell phone, and no matter how hard they try, they just can't grasp it.
There really is no app for that.