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A mental disorder- Body Integrity Identity Disorder

Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID), formerly known as Amputee Identity Disorder, is a psychological disorder wherein sufferers feel they would be happier living as an amputee. It is typically accompanied by the desire to amputate one or more healthy limbs to achieve that end. This situation occurs due to missing maping of the effected part in brain. Individuals with BIID disorder often leads their life in depression, it gives them the feeling as though the effected leg or arm is really not part of their body. Many people with BIID disorder often takes extreme measures in order to get rid of that particular part of their body. In US, the law forbids amputation of any healthy part of the human being and thus doctors hesitate to do such kind of procedures or else their licence would be canceled.




There was an individual known to me with the same kind of disorder, who has lived her whole life with this condition of having a feeling of her right leg being not part of her body. One day while she was driving home from her workplace, she met with a motor vehicle accident and lost concious, so was admitted to the hospital. In the hospital, when she became concious, she noticed she escaped the accident with only minor injuries, but when the doctor came for inspection, she acted as being paraplegic and hence the doctor recommended her wheelchair and from there on even though she was having a perfectly normal lower limbs, she still used the wheelchair and this made her feel good from inside and thus she continued this way there on.

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