Selfitis: An obsessive compulsive disorder of taking too many selfies

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has officially deemed taking selfies as a “mental disorder”.

The APA made this classification during its annual board of directors meeting in Chicago recently. Giving the name “selfitis” to the disorder, the APA defined the disorder as a type of an obsessive compulsive disorder to take one’s own pictures and post them on social media. They also stated that this condition is a mechanism used by people to make up for their low self esteem and increase intimacy with other people.


According to the APA, there are three levels of selfitis:

  1. Borderline Selfitis:Taking selfies at least three times a day, but not posting them on the social media called as Borderline selfitis.
  2. Acute Selfitis: Taking selfies at least three times a day, and sharing them all on social media called as acute selfitis.
  3. Chronic Selfitis: It is defined as an uncontrollable urge to take one’s own pictures round the clock and           posting them on social media platforms more than six times a day called as chronic selfitis.


Recently, the term “Selfitis” also made it into the Oxford Dictionary of English according to a website.

 Makati City, a city in Philippines was named the “selfie capital of the world” by Time magazine recently. This news of selfies being looked at as a mental disorder, might make things dismal for this Filipino city.

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