STANDING on one leg and balancing on crutches Nick O’Hallaron gives the impression of a man who was born without a right leg. But the truth is, this scenario is just wishful thinking for the 29-year-old from Edinburgh. He is actually a fully able-bodied man who longs to be an amputee.
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And he’s not alone. Nick, is one of the very few people in the UK known to be suffering from BIID – Body Integrity Identity Disorder – a rare neurological condition that makes people unable to recognise certain body parts as their own.
Body integrity identity disorder (BIID, also referred to as amputee identity disorder) is a psychological disorder in which an otherwise healthy individual feels that they are meant to be disabled.
BIID is related to xenomelia, “the dysphoric feeling that one or more limbs of one’s body do not belong to one’s self”.BIID is typically accompanied by the desire to amputate one or more healthy limbs.