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Transcript of Apotemnophilia
First described and named by psychologist
Inside the Mind
Corinne, the wannabe
What is it?
Definition: a sane and rational individual express a strong and specific desire for the amputation of a healthy limb or limbs.
Who They Are
Patients feel a sense of loss in ownership of limb
It's linked to sexual
Feel sexual arousal based on image of being an amputee.
1977 - Apotemnophilia: two cases of self-demand amputation as paraphilia
It is a fairly new concept and has little history. Just recently being
accepted into the psychiatric community.
Furth was also a "wannabe" amputee
abnormal, dangerous sexual desires
Seem to be
True apotemnophilia patients are chronically unsatisfied with sexual life
use wheelchairs, crutches, etc. to make people think of disability
sexually attracted with amputees, normally catfishers
: get attention,
live for removal of
"For me, sexuality is being comfortable with my body," she said. "Inside, I feel my legs don't belong to me and shouldn't be there. There's just an overwhelming sense of despair sometimes."
Gregg, the wannabe
"It's about becoming whole, not becoming disabled," he said, adding that people with the obsession "feel there's an alien aspect of their body."
Currently associated with Body Integrity Identity Disorder
judged by ability to interact and converse appropriately
Associated with Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Relatively new in psychology
It's no longer considered a disease
but a disorder