body integrity identity disorder

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body integrity identity disorder

n.
A compulsive desire to lose one or more healthy limbs through amputation. Also called apotemnophilia.
A mental disorder in which a person wants to live as an amputee, which is often accompanied by the desire to amputate one or more healthy limbs. The typical person with BIID is a white middle-aged male.
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Patients with this condition may resort to self-amputation or self-mutilation that requires subsequent surgical amputation.
Leech therapy in penile replantation: A case of recurrent penile self-amputation. Urology 2004;63:981-3.
On the left foot, self-amputation of digits 2 and 3 was not complete, and a small scab was present on the distal aspect of digit 4 (Fig 5).
And it is the recreation of the self-amputation which have left those watching 127 Hours, British director Danny Boyle's new film, utterly stunned.
In the rest but more important, as the quality of health services is, for example, or the promotion of really good doctors, the Greek society is a victim of its self-amputation behaviors.
And, at a June 2005 address in Rome, he identified the central problem of faith today as "that relativism which, recognizing nothing as definitive, leaves as the ultimate criterion only the self with its desires." Such relativism, the pontiff has argued, can result in a "self-amputation of reason" giving rise to terrorism and ecological catastrophe.
THE cunning manner in which some lizards can cast off their wriggling tail to escape a predator has an immediate survival benefit, but what about the undesirable consequences of this drastic self-amputation? Until regeneration is complete, tail loss in lizards can hamper movement, lower the animal's social status and diminish the chance of surviving subsequent encounters with predators.
And yet, as she asks herself in that essay, "How can a poet survive such a radical self-amputation?"
Compared with individuals with other psychiatric disorders, a significantly greater proportion of individuals with schizophrenia spectrum disorders engage in self-amputation (autopenectomy).
On the other hand, when I first saw the title "127 Hours" and learned that it was the definitive movie about self-amputation, I never suspected that Danny Boyle was about to pull off another of his surprise hits.
Though the story is grave and the audience squirmed and gasped as Franco recreated Ralston's gruesome self-amputation, "127 Hours" maintains Boyle's trademark blend of the humorous and horrifying.