Teens Are Faking Mental Illnesses to Be Like Celebs, Survey Says

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Celebrities are glamorous and inspire us in many ways, but a new survey shows that teens are now faking mental and physical illnesses to be more like their favorite stars. The Daily Mail reports that one-third of teens admit to imitating disorders, according to a study conducted by Mentaline.com.

The survey included 1,192 British teens ages 12 to 17. One out of every 10 considered mental illnesses to be "trendy," and half of those participants believed it made people "unique." On top of that, 16 percent of the teens said that celebrities make mental conditions "fashionable."
Those who admitted to faking illnesses said that Britney Spears and other celebs that have been open about their issues have influenced them the most. What were the top five inauthentic problems? Eating disorders (22 percent); self-harming (17 percent); addiction (13 percent); depression (12 percent) and bipolar disorder (9 percent).

Jesper Buch, of Mentaline.com, told the site: "Mental illness is a sensitive topic, so to see that many teenagers are blase about the whole thing isn't good at all. Your teenage years should be spent enjoying life, not convincing people you have issues that should be taken extremely seriously."

What do you think about the survey's findings? Are the statistics shocking or no big deal? Let us know what you think in the comments. %Poll-57980%

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