“Sometimes I have patients who say, ‘I want every single spot gone and I want it gone by this week or I want it gone tomorrow,’ because that’s what this filtered photograph gave them,” Vashi told the Post. “That’s not realistic. I can’t do that.”
The researchers identified “Snapchat dysmorphia” — a term coined by a British cosmetic doctor — as a version of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), a diagnosable mental condition that causes people to become obsessive about their appearance and body image.
Though BDD can be treated with therapy and medication, about one-fourth of people with the disorder have attempted suicide, according to a 2007 study, and many more have experienced suicidal thoughts.
Vashi said that the prevalence of social media is causing society to become “more and more preoccupied, obsessed with … what we look like.”
“It can bring feelings of sadness and then if one really develops this disorder, that sadness clearly progresses to something that can be dangerous and alarming,” Vashi added.
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