Sunday, December 7, 2008

Psychiatric Politics: Look Who's lobbying Who down at the APA?

Apotemnophilia or Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID)

In its most extreme form Apotemnophilia is characterized by individuals who experience a strong desire for the removal of healthy limbs. There is also a lesser form of the disorder. With the secondary variety apotemnophiliacs present as 'pretend' amputees, often going to considerable lengths to conceal limbs in attempt to appear as if the appendages had been removed. In BIID jargon the latter group are known as 'wannabes.'

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