Selfie a ‘Mental Disorder’? Nope, American Psychiatric Association Article is Fake

April 18, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

An article saying that the American Psychiatric Association has made taking “selfies” a mental disorder is fake.

The article was published on the Adobo Chronicles, which doesn’t post real news.

Its tagline is “your source of up-to-date unbelievable news.”

It reads, “The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has officially confirmed what many people thought all along: taking ‘selfies’ is a mental disorder.  The APA made this classification during its annual board of directors meeting in Chicago. The disorder is called selfitis, and is defined as the obsessive compulsive desire to take photos of one’s self and post them on social media as a way to make up for the lack of self-esteem and to fill a gap in intimacy.”

The Adobo Chronicles has a disclaimer, essentially saying it doesn’t publish real news.

“THE ADOBO CHRONICLES is your source of up-to-date, unbelievable news. Everything you read on this site is based on fact, except for the lies,” it reads. “We abide by the highest standards of creative writing and intend to make this site as respectable as possible to the extent allowed by our fertile mind.”

It adds: “Why the title, ‘The Adobo Chronicles,’ you might ask? Well, adobo is the national dish of our home country. You see, adobo is usually made with pork or chicken, boiled and simmered in a mixture of vinegar, soy sauce and other spices. When writing stories for this blog, we let the news sizzle and simmer in our mind in a mixture of fact and fiction, then we spice it up with figments of our imagination.”