Teenager's Addiction to Selfies Drove Him to Attempt Suicide

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As it turns out, selfies can be dangerous.

According to the UK Mirror, 19-year-old Danny Bowman was so obsessed with taking the perfect selfie that he attempted to commit suicide when he couldn't get it right.

His obsession had gotten so bad that he spent 10 hours a day taking up to 200 photos of himself, dropped out of school, locked himself in his home for six months, and lost nearly 30 pounds trying to make himself look better for the camera.

To try to "escape his obsession," Danny ended up taking an overdose. Luckily, his mom Penny saved him before it was too late.

"I was constantly in search of taking the perfect selfie and when I realized I couldn't I wanted to die," Danny said. "I lost my friends, my education, my health and almost my life...people don't realize when they post a picture of themselves on Facebook or Twitter it can so quickly spiral out of control. It becomes a mission to get approval and it can destroy anyone.

Since his suicide attempt, Danny has been getting treated with intensive hospital therapy for his technology addiction, OCD and Body Dysmorphic Disorder. And it looks like he's not the only addict out there. A psychiatrist at the clinic where he is getting treatment said selfie addiction is becoming so widespread that "it's now considered a mental illness."

Part of Danny's treatment included taking his phone away from him gradually, and also making him walk down the street with his hair disheveled without his phone so he couldn't see what he looked like.

(Puts down phone, walks away)
19 Year Old Boy Addicted to Taking Selfies

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