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14 Transabled People Who Actually Gave Themselves a Disability

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The further we go into the 21st century, the more likely it is that we’ll discover new phobias, desires, and predilections with which to concern ourselves. Among these is the new wave of people who describe themselves as "transabled." You’re probably wondering “what is transabled?”

Even though the movement is just now gaining mainstream coverage, transablism has been studied since the early 20th century, when it was known as abasiophilia, then amputee identity disorder, body integrity identity disorder, and now finally transablism. The mental affliction forces its sufferers to feel emotionally disconnected from specific body parts (usually an arm or leg), and it drives people to want to amputate the appendage in any way possible. On this list we’re looking at stories of transabled people who cut off limbs.

Most often, the amputations are performed in a DIY surgical procedure that can be fatal to the person attempting to remove their limb. You’ve probably heard stories of people who wanted to go blind, or who tried to cut off their hands, and it can be confusing to people who don’t suffer from transablism. But just try to imagine living connected to a body part that you absolutely hate.

The research surrounding transablism puts it in a similar medical circle as body dysmorphia and anorexia, and unfortunately there’s no known treatment - although the people who chose to be disabled on this list seem perfectly happy after undergoing their specific procedures.
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