In 2013, Oxford Dictionary added a new word in their list ‘selfie’. Two years later, The American Psychiatric Association (APA) at Chicago, Illinois confirmed officially that taking ‘selfies’ everynow and then is a mental disorder.
At its annual board of directors meeting held at Chicago, APA made a classification about this disorder. They are calling it ‘selfitis’, it has been described as one’s obsessive and compulsive wish to take photos of one’s self and share them on various social media websites, Instagram being one of the most targeted one in order to cover up for the lack of self-esteem and to fill a gap in intimacy.
American Psychiatric Association has separately differentiated various levels of disorder:
· Borderline selfitis : Someone who takes photos of themselves at least for three times in a day but avoiding to share it on social media.
· Acute selfitis: Someone who takes photos of themselves at least for three times in a day and sharing each photo on social media
· Chronic selfitis: Someone who takes photos of themselves round the clock and shares each photo at an unbearable rate.
As per APA, the current cure for selfitis in not available but as a temporary treatment Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has emerged as a solution. And yes, CBT is covered under Obamacare. If you think you are spending too much time with the vanity selfie camera on your smartphone, you might want to stop and do some introspection.