It is unimaginable for many to want to cause harm to themselves. However, this is the sad reality for patients with Apotemnophilia.
Apotemnophilia is also known as body integrity disorder where sufferers experience the desire to amputate or damage their limbs.
There is not a lot known about this fascinating yet horrifying disorder. It is characterized as a neurological condition, traced to some damage in the right parietal lobe of the brain.
It can result in a terrifying situation where the sufferer may amputate the limb themselves if the doctor refuses to conduct surgical amputation.
Thanks to advancements in psychotherapy, there are treatment options available for Apotemnophilia!
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and aversion therapy can help patients get ahead of this disorder before it’s too late.