LONDON, ENGLAND – Not long after 21 people at a Pennsylvania high school were stabbed and slashed, one of those students took a selfie showing off his wounds and posted it to his Instagram account.
Yeah, well, it was just the latest in a long line of bad, and just plain outrageously wrong selfies.
One guy apparently takes the prize, dubious though it may be, of being Britain’s first diagnosed selfie addict.
He’s Danny Bowman, and by his own admission, he was taking as many as 200 selfies a day, starting when he was 15. It got so bad that he even tried to kill himself.
After two years of therapy, his doctors say he has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Body Dysmorphic Disorder.
One of the doctors who treated Danny says selfies may cause mental illness, including Body Dysmorphic Disorder, which comes with a high suicide rate.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the third leading cause of death in this country for people between the ages of 15 and 24.
In an example of turning bad into good, Danny Bowman now takes selfies as part of his global effort to raise awareness of a disorder that almost killed him.