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Ind Psychiatry J. 2017 Jan-Jun;26(1):106-109. doi: 10.4103/ipj.ipj_58_17.

Selfie use: The implications for psychopathology expression of body dysmorphic disorder.

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Department of Clinical Psychology, Institute of Neurosciences, Kolkata, India.
Department of Clinical Psychology, M.V. Govindaswamy Centre, Service for Healthy Use of Technology Clinic, NIMHANS, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.


Preoccupation with a body part can lead to indulgence in various forms of coping behavior. Users are frequently using technology as well as selfie to overcome their anxiety to relate to a body part as well as get approval from other online users. The present case highlights the excessive use of selfie to manage the distress-related body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). Psychiatric interview and assessment tools were used to elicit information about BDD, technology use, and affective states. Repeated use of selfie has been thought to manage the distress associated with appearance. It implies the need for screening excessive use of technology as comorbid condition and psychoeducation for promotion of healthy use of technology.


Distress; preoccupation; selfie

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