Transabled: A Neurological Issue Or A Mental Disorder?

Internet users were dismayed to learn that some people wished to be disabled because it has a terrible impact on one’s quality of life. Just what are transabled people? Is it a neurological issue or a mental disorder?

Transabled A Neurological Issue Or A Mental Disorder

Many disabled individuals can speak about the emotional and physical struggles they have after traumatic injuries that alter their lives, but transabled people do not appear to be affected by this, reports the National Post.

Some people have come forward and said that, rather than living a functional life, they prefer to be disabled and to be dependent on machines. Since then, internet users have flocked to social media to vent their hostility against people who are transabled.

The impairment that a transabled person chooses to have might range from paralysis to amputation. According to sources, being transabled fits under the umbrella of Body Integrity Identity Disorder, which is a psychological disorder that emerges in healthy individuals who want to be physically impaired.

What does it mean to be transabled?

According to Professor Alexandre Baril, transability refers to “the desire or the need for a person identified as able-bodied by other people to transform his or her body to obtain a physical impairment.”

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Researchers are still debating if this is a neurological condition or a mental disorder.

It has been observed that transabled people maintain their identities to themselves and rarely express their emotions. Some of these disabled individuals see parallels between their experiences and those of transgender people. They argue that, like trans people, they first do not feel like they are in the appropriate body.

Clive Baldwin, a Canadian Research Chair in Narrative Studies who teaches at St. Thomas University, showed that the majority of transabled people are guys. It is not, however, necessarily limited to one gender.

Transabled people share their life story

After declaring that she desired to be paralyzed permanently in 2013, Chloe Jennings-White gained enormous popularity on social media. She admitted to wanting to be paralyzed in an interview with ABC4 that she attempted to cause her own paralysis by riding her bike off a stage when she was nine years old but only suffered minor bruising.

She persisted in pushing herself to the limit over the years in an effort to disable herself. In a conversation, she disclosed:

“Doing any activity that brings a chance of me becoming paraplegic gives me a sense of relief from the anxiety caused by the BIID.”

The impairment of the lower body’s motor or sensory functions is referred to as paraplegia. Leg braces have been used by Jennings-White to simulate paraplegia. She may, however, simply take her leg braces off to regain full use of her legs.

Watch the video below:

Since then, Jennings-White has fully disclosed that she wants to have her femoral and sciatic nerves sliced in order to lose the use of her legs.

In another interview, Jason, also known as One Hand, disclosed that he cut his right arm with a “very sharp power tool” and pretended it was an accident. On the website ModBlog, he stated:

“My goal was to get the job done with no hope of reconstruction or reattachment, and I wanted some method that I could actually bring myself to do.”

Netizens react to transability

Internet users were dismayed to learn that some people wished to be disabled because it has a terrible impact on one’s quality of life. Others expressed contempt toward transabled people. Disability cannot become a “trend,” as many people pointed out.

Since each sport must interpret and apply the rules, it is uncertain how the IOC’s stance will affect the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, France. Transgender guidelines may very well ‘destroy’ women’s sports, according to female olympians.

Transability was introduced to the DSM-5’s appendix section under “emerging measures and models” in 2013.

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