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(p. 328) Body Integrity Identity Disorder 

(p. 328) Body Integrity Identity Disorder
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(p. 328) Body Integrity Identity Disorder
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Anna Sedda

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190245863.003.0022
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date: 04 June 2020

Body integrity identity disorder involves a patient’s desire to amputate a healthy body part or obtain an unnecessary body modification (e.g., paraplegia, blindness). Dramatic cases of surgical amputation of otherwise functional body parts have come to the attention of the media and medical professionals. Most known cases of body integrity identity disorder appear to have originated in the United States, Germany, and Switzerland. At present, the field knows very little about this condition, but the neurosciences have explored various possibilities for etiology and assessment. After discussing these topics, the chapter reviews treatment options and outcomes , including the results of self-amputations and illegal medical procedures.

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