British-born Danny Bowman is a self-confessed selfie addict who is currently receiving therapy to treat his emotionally destructive 10-hour-a-day photo taking habit.
The 19-year-old – who attempted suicide after failing to get the perfect selfie shot after 200 takes – is believed to be the UK’s first selfie addict, and his case has sparked concern among a number of public health officials who fear the craze is linked to mental health conditions.
London-based psychiatrist, Dr David Veal said: “Danny’s case is particularly extreme, but this is a serious problem. It’s not a vanity issue. It’s a mental health one which has an extremely high suicide rate.”
He added: “Two out of three of all the patients who come to see me with Body Dysmorphic Disorder since the rise of camera phones, have a compulsion to repeatedly take selfies.”
Dr Veal explained selfie addiction can be caused by anything from low self-esteem to problems with...