Body Integrity Image Disorder: The Desire for Amputation

Clare Allely

Clare Allely

Clare Allely recently completed her PhD in Psychology from the University of Manchester. She previously graduated with an MRes in Psychological Research Methods from the University of Strathclyde in 2007. Before that, she gained an MA (Hons) degree in Psychology from the University of Glasgow in 2006.

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5 Responses

  1. A. Gallaher says:

    This is one of the best articles on this subject I have come across. Congratulations. However, I have one question: At the very end of the article you state that”…it also indicates that caloric stimulation may be a therapeutic avenue for this…condition.” Is there any clinical or experimental evidence to back up this assertion? I believe that Ramachandran and McGeoch only evaluated two subjects. Did they actually use caloric stimulation on these subjects? As far as I know, caloric stimulation typically produces temporary results, not permanent changes.

  2. Lesco Rogers, M.D. says:

    This work is quite fascinating, my expertise is in therapeutic Vestibular technologies. Until recently I was based at Duke University, USA with collaborations ongoing within the UK.

    I Would be interested in exploring the prospects of a future collaboration with my colleagues at the University of Kent

  3. Sanjay says:

    There was a study done titled “vestibular stimulation does not diminish the desire for amputation” by Lenggenhager et al (2014) that failed to show the predicted effect.

  4. Steve Parker says:

    I can’t believe that circumcision isn’t mentioned here. There a lot of people-especially in North America who express BIID with respect to their genitals and promote MGM (male circumcision( and FGM (labiaplasty).

  1. September 16, 2019

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