Transabled: A neurological issue or a mental disorder?

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The majority of people with disabilities have a story to share about how their condition developed, whether they were born with it, experienced an accident, or overcame a life-altering injury.

You might not have anticipated it, but an increasing number of people are choosing to be disabled.

Like transgendered people, transables believe that one or more of their body’s limbs or functions do not belong to them.

Transability, according to feminism, gender, and sexuality studies professor and fellow Professor Alexandre Baril, is “the urge or desire for a person identified by others as able-bodied to modify his or her body to attain a physical disability.”

People who identify as trans can self-harm, hence they might be categorized as impaired. Image by 123rf.
People who identify as trans can self-harm, hence they might be categorized as impaired. Image by 123rf.
The disability may manifest as anything from amputation to paralysis. It is called Amputee Identity Disorder for this reason. White middle-aged men make up the bulk of BIID patients, albeit this difference may not be as significant as originally believed.

In actuality, transability is a psychological condition that occurs in healthy persons who have been known to physically damage themselves in order to be labeled as impaired, known as Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID).

The cause of the problem has generated some debate in science. While some specialists contend that this is a neurological problem, others think it is more of a mental disease.

Professor Clive Baldwin conducted 37 interviews with transgender people as part of a study at St. Thomas University in Fredericton.

According to the National Post, Baldwin’s interviews revealed that transgender people have attempted to “create” accidents in order to fulfill their desire for handicap.

The most well-known transgender individual is probably Chloe Jennings-White.

Despite having two fully functional legs, Jennings-White elected to be wheelchair-bound in 2013, making headlines. She claims that living this way gives her “psychological relief.”

“I have a strange feeling that my legs shouldn’t move. It just feels terrible for them to have any sensation, “the Daily Mail, she said.

In fact, she has said that her fantasy involves being harmed in a serious vehicle accident that leaves both of her legs permanently amputated.

According to reports, Jennings-White looked for a physician who could cut the precise nerves that connect her legs to the rest of her body, robbing her of all sensation in her thighs, shins, and feet.

Fortunately, the treatment turned out to be prohibitively expensive (or perhaps tragically in Jennings-case).