AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION MAKES IT OFFICIAL: ‘SELFIE’ A MENTAL DISORDER

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About a couple of months ago there was a fake article published online which many people took to heart. The article basically claimed that The American Psychiatric Association (APA) had officially confirmed that taking ‘selfies’ was a mental disorder during its annual board of directors meeting in Chicago. The disorder was named “selfitis” and was defined as 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. Though there was no cure there was a temporary treatment available through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) which is covered under Obamacare. Yup you read that right.

The three levels of selfitis according to this article were:

  • Borderline selfitis : taking photos of one’s self at least 3 times a day but not posting them on social media
  • Acute selfitis: taking photos of one’s self at least 3times a day and posting each of the photos on social media
  • Chronic selfitis: Uncontrollable urge to take photos of one’s self  round the clock and posting the photos on social media more than 6 times a day.

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Now my question for you is will “Selfitis” be a future disorder?

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Though this article may have been claimed as fake with the way our generations are so active and dependent on social media, pop culture idols, and trends could we or are we already heading in that direction.  If you think about it we have all been brainwashed at certain point  and played a huge part into what we know as selfies. We have to document a night out, what you ate, what’ youre doing, what you are planning to do its a constant natural thing to do now from the time you wake up to the time that you go to sleep. We are most active on social platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, and etc. It’s not that is a bad thing to do but how far can the selfie obsession go? For God sakes we already  have to have our selfie sticks in hand.

I am a constant Instagram uploader myself  and its addicting. I don’t post photos of myself all of the time sometimes I upload quotes, music, celebrities, and other things but it is an addictive almost consuming. So guilty as charged haha but at the same time its like subsconcious thing though I do it for the fun of it all. As I let my mind sink in these questions I started to observe the social behaviors and body language of how the people around me as well as on my social media platforms acted. How many times did they took selfies each day? How many did they upload that day? How many selfies did they took before they actually chose one to their preference to upload? Why did they choose not keep the other selfies before that? How did it affect them emotionally? Were they mad at how they looked, did they find it pretty, ugly, double chin, lighting? What?

We are part of the problem. 😕The truth is after all the observation I gathered my conclusion is  that is not a mental disorder per say. Its more of a society mental disorder. The way society are trying to follow trends and make trends happen its ridiculous its like if you don’t follow everyone’s step into what is hot then you are an outsider. Peer pressuring people into join these platforms where you have to prove yourself to others. (Ex.hey i can be better than you or i can do the same as you by posting things from your daily life). You may agree to disagree and I completely understand that but it really opened my eyes  to the fact that we focus so much on the selfish selfies we take wether we do it because we say its for ourselves but in reality we are  trying to somehow seek the praising (approval) from others when honestly don’t have to. It has become a cultural phenomenon  as human we desire—to feel noticed, appreciated and recognized. It all comes down to individual’s self esteem and are you going to keep taking selfies to that new level where it will take over of who you are as a person. Will we move forward as individuals to live life to the fullest without having to feel the need to be approved for all the time. Be confident and focus on having fun and trust that you are worth more than a thousand selfies and other’s like, comments, follows or etc.

So are we Selfie Mental Disorder or True “Selfies”?

Stay happy, positive vibes, and love much. #loveyour(self)first

XO,

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Disclosure: I am not a psychologist or any mental analyst but for more information please seek a professional on mental disorders and helpline visit: National Institute of Mental Health . The opinions on this blog post are solely my own based on a published article online.

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Videos that I’m loving right now

Just wanted to share with you guys some of the best music videos that I am loving right now.  The special effects, editing, lyrics, musicality, and vocals. I listed a variety of the songs I have on my playlist for all kinds of emotions. Have fun listening!

Nate Ruess – Nothing Without Love

Ed Sheeran- Bloodstream

Taylor Swift – Style

Meghan Trainor- Dear Future Husband

Olly Murs – Seasons

HAIM- If I Could Change Your Mind

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[LISTEN TO THIS] London Grammar

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London Grammar is a British band leaded by vocals from Hannah Reid, keyboard Dot Major and guitarist Dan Rothman. The band’s sound comes off as secretiveness, quietly dramatic, and almost haunting very easily compared to Florence and The Machine.  Hannah’s strong vocals are full of power yet gentle enough to make you feel the power behind each word of their lyrics.  Their tracks are as song-like as they are showcases for gentle digital rhythms. Their songs are based on the raw emotions of life experiences collaborated by all three band members. Their album “If You Wait” was released September 10, 2013 in the .U.S.A. and it debuted at number two the UK Albums Chart with first-week sales of 33,130 copies. Meanwhile in 2015 it peaked at 91 in the .U.S. Billboard.

Photo: London Grammar (Instagram)

Photo: London Grammar (Instagram)

They are currently on tour there are two shows left from their 2015 concerts:

July 17  at the Melt Festival in Grafenchainichen, Germany.

July 19 at Vielle Charrues in Carhaix, France.

And if you can’t wait to get your hands on their album here are some of the US Links for you:

Special-US edition ‘If You Wait’ out now.
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/IfYouWaitDeluxe
CD: http://smarturl.it/IfYouWaitUS
Vinyl: http://smarturl.it/IfYouWaitVinyl
Bundle: http://www.myplaydirect.com/london-grammar

Here is one my favorite songs! Strong -London Grammar

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Oscars 2015 – My Favorite Moments

Neil Patrick Harris hosted the Oscars 2015 and it the opening number couldn’t have been better! A night dedicated to films, cast, crew, artistry, design, music, and more. A night full of emotion, excitement, passion, and dedication from the best in the industry.  My favorite moments from this year’s show is in no particular order.

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When first-time nominee Graham Moore won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on the film “The Imitation Game”, he took to the stage and not only did he opened up to a very dark time of his past when he wanted to committ suicide but he also pledge for those who are still looking for their place in this world. He knew how to use to this huge platform and his moment to touch base on such important topics like suicide, depression, and acceptance.

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Eddie Redmayne’s win for Best Actor for his work on the film “The Theory of Everything”. Now that is what I call a well deserved and best reaction winning moment. His dedication in order to prepare himself for this movie was months of studying, training, and learning about ALS, from what the caregiver, patient, and medical perspectives.  He contacted Queen Square Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases in London where a constultant took him through the various diagnoses and stages of this disease.  *ALS is Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis often known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

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The reactions of Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez to Patricia Arquette’s speech when she accepted her Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in Boyhood, and made a political statement and demanded gender equality. She said: “To every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.”

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gagaA beautiful and moving performance by John Legend and Common who performed the Oscar Winning song “Glory” from the film “Selma”. The scenery for their performance was a backdrop of Alabama’s Edmund Pettus Bridge, where hundreds walked across for their right to vote back in 1965. It brought tears to everyone’s eyes including Chris Pine.

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And last but not least Tim McGraw’s performance paying homage to one of the greatest country singers and songwriters Glen Campbell and his family. Glen Campbell wrote this song for his family as soon as he diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. A disease I know too well since I lost two of my grandparents to it. I guess this is why I was more moved by this performance because they lyrics hit straight to my heart. I tried not to cry as I heard the lyrics last night specially when they showed Glen’s family at the end of the performance. His family handpicked Mcgraw to sing this song from the “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” documentary which follows the farewell tour of Campbell, after his Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

635601366394958759-464046996And also on that note Julianne Moore’s win for Best Actress for her role in “Still Alice” which she suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease in the movie.

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And of course how could I forget…. #neilpatrickharrisnakedoscars2015

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