Do You Suffer From a Fashion Anxiety Disorder? Find Out Now
Fraught with issues of image, identity, and gender, fashion can mess with even the most sound of mind. But while some disorders, like shopping addiction, are recognized by the psychology community, many others have fallen through the cracks. In an effort to raise awareness about these lesser-known conditions, we’ve compiled this informative guide. Consider it the DSM (The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, uh duh) for Prada lovers, if you will.
Definition: Studies show that 95 percent of all women will experience VSSID at some point in their lifetime, usually after encountering a televised runway show that stars six foot FemBots in bedazzled lingerie. Recommended Treatment: Reassure subject looks aren't everything while reminding her of the time she got in early to Brandeis.
Definition: In the 1986 film, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, the character Cameron Frye’s father is so determined to keep his Ferrari GT in pristine condition that he refuses to take it out of the garage. As it relates to fashion, this disorder manifests as the unwillingness to wear an expensive or precious item due to an irrational fear of ruining it. Symptoms to look for: clothing with price tags still attached, old Louboutins with perfectly intact red soles.
Definition: Driven by the pleasure-seeking Id, subject habitually orders clothing on the Internet they cannot afford. After the dopamine rush of prancing around the house in a legit Givenchy dress subsides, they neatly pack the item back up, return it to sender, and await a sizeable credit card refund.
Definition: The herd instinct of female co-workers to start dressing alike. Can be detrimental to those seeking to “stand out” and get the big promotion (i.e. everyone).