Could Selfies Harm Your Teen’s Mental Well-Being?

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Selfies aren’t just a convenient way to capture a moment.

Editing images before sharing on social media may contribute to low self-esteem and body dysmorphic disorder, reports new research published in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

Increasingly, patients are opting for plastic surgery to look better in selfies or appear more like filtered versions of themselves – known as Snapchat dysmorphia.

Edited selfies create a mental rift with reality because you may expect to look that way in real life, experts say. Teens bear the brunt of this experience since they’re most likely to internalize these unrealistic beauty standards.

If your teen seems preoccupied with his or her appearance and it’s interfering with work, school or other activities, talk with your child’s doctor.

UH Rainbow earns high recognition once again

University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital has once again been nationally recognized by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals annual rankings. UH Rainbow is ranked No. 6 in neonatology, and among the nation’s top 25 children’s hospitals in orthopedics, cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, pulmonology and urology. UH Rainbow has ranked in the U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals every year since the ranking’s inception.

Rankings at-a-glance

  • Northern Ohio’s highest ranking NICU
  • Ranked in eight children’s specialties
  • Six specialties rank in the top 25
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