Riya, an 18-year-old Delhi University student, isn’t the first case that has been referred to AIIMS department of psychiatry, suspected of suffering from ‘selficide’.
In the last few months, there have been at least two other cases in AIIMS and three in Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, who were suffering from ‘selficide’: Selfie obsession. A compulsive disorder to seek attention by serially posing before a mobile phone and sharing the picture with others for feedback. This makes a person constantly crave for attention for the way they look or the things that they do.
“All the three patients wanted to know their body postures and developed ‘body dysmorphic disorder’ which consequently led to obsessive compulsive disorder,” Dr Nand Kumar, associate professor at AIIMS psychiatry unit, according to Mail Today.
As per reports from India Today, the parents of these youths said their children would behave abnormally whenever they were prohibited from taking selfies and uploading them on social networking sites. As a result, the studies and routine of these children was suffering. Doctors treating Riya; a victim to this urban problem, said that she wanted reassurance that she looked beautiful throughout the day and for that posted her pictures on social media websites such as Instagram and Facebook to seek people’s view. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), about 60 percent of the females suffering from ‘selficide’ do not realise it
With the trend of selfie, smart-phones have also taken a chunk of our time and attention. As the medical experts say, the symptoms of such a disorder are so subtle that many users fail to analyse the reason behind feeling stressed and disoriented. They suffer from anxiety, stress, insomnia, depression, and delinquency, and aggressiveness, loss of concentration, fatigue, headache and over-dependency on phone as a symptom of this condition.