May 30, 2017 by 45kj0
Jaiya Jones / Inglewood, CA
A mirror is a reflective surface , now typically of glass coated with with a metal amalgam, that reflects a clear image. Anything that’s shown in front of it will be reflected. Mirrors are through out the entire world; restaurants, stores, cars, etc . So, looking into a mirror is a daily part of an average person’s routine . Doctors and researchers have gotten together and questioned if mirrors were a cause of depression and anxiety. Now, some say why would a object be a cause of serious conditions like these? Well, a woman looks in the mirror at least 38 times a day , some do it out of sheer vanity as myself , and some do it because they are anxious about the way they look and will do whatever to change it. As you stare into the mirror, you began to notice little things about yourself , like pimples or your nose getting bigger , which causes you to stress more about your appearance.
Researchers came in and had volunteers gaze into a mirror for a measured amount of time (ten minutes each time). Each time period they spent in the mirror they became more and more anxious and more depressed about the way they looked , even though before the experiment, they were perfectly happy with themselves. Scientists explained that the research was in fact surprising , because they thought that it would only affect volunteers who were already diagnosed with Body Dysmorphic Disorder . Body Dysmorphic Disorder is a psychological disorder in which a person becomes obsessed with imaginary defects in their appearance .