Are you becoming victim of Snapchat dysmorphia? A new viewpoint article revealed the dangerous effects of smartphone photo filters on mental health conditions such as body dysmorphic disorder and body image issues.
Body dysmorphic disorder is a mental disorder affecting approximately 1.7% to 2.4% of the population. The condition is categorized as part of the obsessive-compulsive spectrum.
People living with BDD intensely obsess for many hours over minor or nonexistent flaws in their appearance, repeatedly checking the mirror, or grooming or seeking reassurance. This frequent behavior causes significant distress and impacts their ability to function in their daily life.
Some of the people with BDD have a story of unnecessary or repeated cosmetic surgeries. This kind of disorder has been linked with major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and suicidal tendencies.
Unfortunately, the actual reason behind BDD is not clear yet, though the researchers believe that factors including genetics and neurobiological issues like a faulty processing of the neurotransmitter serotonin are causes the condition.
Written by researchers at the Boston Medical Center (BMC) in Massachusetts, a new article adds a new risk factor: selfies.
“The pervasiveness of these filtered images can take a toll on one’s self-esteem, make one feel inadequate for not looking a certain way in the real world, and may even act as a trigger and lead to BDD,” wrote Susruthi Rajanala, first author of the viewpoint.
“A new phenomenon called ‘Snapchat dysmorphia’ has popped up where patients are seeking out surgery to help them appear like the filtered versions of themselves,” co-author Dr. Neelam Vash commented.
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