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Picture Imperfect

School bullies left Danny Bowman so desperate to fit in that he couldn’t sit through a single lesson without rushing out to check his looks — and hating what he saw

Most young men want to look good. Some spend a long time trying to achieve it. But I took this to extremes — 10 hours staring into a mirror, constantly taking selfies to see what I’d achieved, sometimes taking 200 photos. And that’s not to mention the countless grooming rituals and the purging, twice, sometimes three times, a day. All for that unattainable dream of perfection. I remember getting up really early in the morning to complete my daily grooming duties and not going to bed till 1am the following day.

After six months of this torture I just couldn’t do it anymore. I decided the only way out was to take my own life.

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