Syndrome rejection of the integrity of his own body
Mental disorder, which experts call the syndrome of non-acceptance of the integrity of their own body (NTSC), is expressed in the fact that a person consciously tries to amputate his healthy and functional limb, because it seems to him “superfluous”. It is believed that NTSC syndrome is somewhat similar to anorexia (pathological lack of appetite) and dysmorphophobia (excessive obsession with defects or features of one’s own appearance), but NTSC is quite rare, so scientists do not yet know the mechanisms of its occurrence.
It seems to a person with NTSC that one or several of his limbs are “alien” and therefore should not belong to him, as a result of which he personally tries to amputate them. As a rule, such patients are constant in their aspirations to cripple themselves, although sometimes there are changes in preferences - for example, a person first wants to be left without a leg, and then switches to “getting rid” of an “extra” hand.
Most often, patients with such a mental disorder try not to advertise it (which is not surprising). Due to the fact that the disease is extremely rare and to the extreme strange, people suffering from them feel outcasts that provoke the development of depression and aggravate their mental problems. The most effective way to help in such cases is to remove the cause of the disorder, that is, the limbs.
Experts note that some people with NTSC syndrome also have apotemophilia - sexual arousal at the thought of amputation of a part of the body, but it is too early to say that this pathology is the cause of the development of the syndrome of not accepting the integrity of one’s own body.
In recent years, physicians are actively exploring this eerie, but curious mental disorder, although it is far from developing effective ways of treating it. It also remains an open question - is it ethical to conduct such operations? Of course, surgeons are not enthusiastic about such quirks of patients, but more often they are forced to fulfill their requirements, because otherwise the person will most likely try to cut off the limb on their own, which is fraught with various health and death complications.