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Body Dismorpia

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I recently watched a programme on the Discovery Channel on the subject of the condition known as Body Dysmorhia. Basically it is a condition where the the individual with the condition feels that one or more of their limbs causes them such distress pyschologically that they wish to have the limb or limbs removed. There is nothing actually wrong with the limbs they wish to remove but they feel they are more complete without them. A number of individuals have undergone surgery in the UK in a NHS Hospital to have there legs amputated. Some who have not been able to undergoe elective amputations take such drastic measures as to lay accross railway tracks or shoot there legs with shot guns after which the leg or legs need to be amputated.

As a below knee amputee myself following a trauma injury I was not sure how I felt towards these individuals with such a condition. I cannot have an undestanding of how this condition affects them and I am interested to learn how other fellow amputeees feel about this.

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Obviously these individuals have some type of psychological disorder and need some help! Something isn't right in the brain for them to think this way. As for the way I feel about this...their nuts!

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To each their own....

However, quite why anyone would want to do this, I'm at a bit of loss.

Obviously something is 'not quite right' in their heads - I would have thought that psychiatric help would be preferable (not to mention less painful). I'm surprised that surgeons would perform the operations unless there was a valid medical reason to do so.

David

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I heard about this condition a couple of months ago and am horrified to hear surgeons will do the amputations for these people. It has to be some kind of imbalance in the brain, but surely they can sort it out mentally?

Maybe they need treatment similar to that given for phantom limb pain sufferers? (I am extremely lucky to not remember mine as I was very young at the time) Some sort of cognitive therapy perhaps?

Mandy

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Hi Robert,

on the face of it (I am an A/k amputee, due to illness) it seems odd. To say the least. However, if it is equated with trans-sexuals; especially females 'living' in a males body. And the subsequent operation and counselling, I think there maybe a glimmer of understanding.

What I found very odd after becoming an amputee was, doing a search on the net and putting the word 'amputee' into any search engine. Up came hundreds of thousands of hits. 99.9% were ads for porn sites.

And some sites for :

wannabe's, those you have described,

devotees, (as to amputees)

and many other fetish's connected to amputees.

Where I live, in Newquay, UK there is a shop that will take the amputated leg and preserve it for you, in case in time you can have it put back on.

The shop also sells skulls and other parts of the anatomy.

I was told by a 'friend' that I should put my amputated leg 'up' for auction on Ebay and would get £5,000.00p for it. This I declined.

Best regards

Steve

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I'd give my right arm to understand Body Dismorpia! 

I like your sense of humour oneblueleg

I have done a little bit or research into body dysmorphia and those who want amputation of body parts are one extreme, not liking the colour of your hair or the shape of your nose or even your hairstyle are at the other.

Body dysmorphia is basically not liking something about yourself - anorexia and bulimia are both other extremes resulting from the condition.

I would hope that those who want to remove bits of themselves are in the very small minority of sufferers.

David

- always remember that you are unique – just like everyone else.

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