|Borderline selfitis : taking photos of one’s self at least three times a day but not posting them on social media.|
Like me, you might be thinking the APA has lost their freaking minds.
Selfitis is apparently 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, reports The Adobo Chronicles.
Apparently, and I can't say I'm shocked here, the medical community was quick to criticize. The suffix "itis" refers to an inflammation, such as bronchitis and the inflammation of bronchial passages. An "ism", such as alcoholism, is an addiction (selfism?).
However, the APA comes back by saying that it's an inflammation of one's ego.
All the while I'm still over here, dumbfounded, with a big WHAT?! written all over my face. Why do I feel like I've just been Punk'd? I'm thinking the APA board of directors all need psych evals so we can figure out what the heck is wrong with them!
Can someone please explain to these people that not everything is a mental disorder. If we're following what the APA says, I'm really certain that every single one of us might as well give up now; we're all doomed to some disorder or another.
If so-called selfitis were a mental disorder, I think it's more likely accurate that whatever makes a person have a mental disorder is probably linked to outlying problems. I just can't fathom taking selfies as a disorder within itself.
How many selfies have you taken recently? Do you think this new mental disorder is bogus or do you think the APA is on to something here?