Danny Bowman is known to be the first diagnosed selfie addict in the UK. His condition was so serious that it lead him to suicidal thoughts and even an attempt for one. The reason behind his extreme action was that he couldn’t take the “perfect” selfie even after 10 hours a day spent on taking photos of himself. At that time Bowman was 19 years old. He dropped out of school, didn’t want to leave the house for half an year and lost around 30 pounds. His day would start with taking 10 selfies before he’s even got off the bed. He didn’t achieve his goal to take the perfect selfie after hundreds attempts a day, so this lead him to the decision to put an end to his life. Luckily, his mother found him on time and he was saved. Since then he’s been signed for a therapy at the Maudsley Hospital in London to heal his compulsive behavior and also his OCD and BDD. The treatment involved exercises with his will- his phone was taken away from him for intervals of 10 minutes and after a while they increased them to 30 minutes and then an hour. Bowman shares that his recovery had been an extremely hard process but he was aware that he had to do it if he wanted to move on with his life.
With the fast increasing impact of the social networks on people’s lives, more and more people start searching for help and different treatments for their addiction to facebook and twitter every year."