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Compr Psychiatry. 2005 Sep-Oct;46(5):380-3.

Nonpsychotic, nonparaphilic self-amputation and the internet.

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Mental Health Division, Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI 53295, USA.

Abstract

The literature suggests that self-amputation is an outgrowth of either psychosis or paraphilia. In the case we present, the patient was neither psychotic at the time of amputation, nor did he ascribe a sexual motivation for his act. Instead, he had a long-standing idea that being an amputee was a critical aspect of his identity. The patient used the internet to research the method for his amputation and sought support from individuals with the same desire via e-mail, web sites, and Usenet news groups.

PMID:
16122539
DOI:
10.1016/j.comppsych.2004.12.003
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