You learn something every day and today I’ve learned that there are people who want to have limbs amputated. It’s a desire. Well, it’s actually a condition called apotemnophilia, and was first noted in the late 1970s.
Causes are being investigated.
One thing is certain, the internet seems to be offering people a way to accomplish these goals; as well as connect amputees with people who are attracted to them, a condition called acrotomophilia.
Bertrand Berger and colleagues wrote in the research journal, “Comprehensive Psychiatry,” about a patient who packed both legs in dry ice until frostbite require amputation.
They write, “The Internet helped provide a blueprint for self-amputation. Without the Internet, our patient may never have conceived, let alone used a method to bring about, self-amputation. We anticipate that increasing Internet access will lead to more cases of self-amputation.”
I’m not sure what to do with this information… but it’s out there… and I didn’t want to be alone with that knowledge so I’m sharing here. Lucky you.
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