According to Dr. David Veal and, a new study says that taking 'selfie' photos could be the signs of psychiatric problems and a disorder.

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (L) poses for a "selfie" with President Barack Obama during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House to honor the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

'Selfies' have grown in popularity and have become part of pop culture, especially with famous stars like Ellen DeGeneres and Red Sox slugger David Ortiz with president Obama (pictured above) having their pictures go viral. On a local level, our own afternoon drive team of Deminski & Doyle, ran a selfie contest, where listeners were urged to send in their best selfie photos.

But is there a deeper, darker issue to some of those picture takers? According to Dr. Veal, there is a deeper rooted problem in taking selfies:

"Two out of three of all the patients who come to see me with Body Dysmorphic Disorder since the rise of camera phones have a compulsion to repeatedly take selfies.


The doctor goes on to add that this is a serious vanity problem, even going as far to say that is could have a high suicide rate and a drop in intimacy for the photo taker. Time magazine even ran a story about selfie compulsion with an example of a teen who tried to kill himself because he couldn't create what he deemed to be "the perfect selfie."

Are these really the norm or are these studies just showing extreme cases to try and prove their point? Are selfies self-absorbed? Ok. Are they narcissistic? To some extent, sure. But to say they are signs of a psychiatric is a bit far fetched.

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