Transability Makes People Get Disabled by Choice

Transability refers to a community of people that express strong desires to become disabled. Let us know about a few such stories of who suffers from this disorder.

If you don’t already know, trans ability refers to a community of people that express strong desires to become disabled. Such desires arise within those who refer to themselves as transabled from feeling unnatural in their physically working bodies. Some experience this peculiar desire so deeply that they attempt to physically injure themselves in a way that causes lifelong disabilities, satisfying their aspiration to be disabled. People would want to become deaf, blind, amputee or anything else. According to these people, this condition is similar to how trans people feel born into the wrong gender. 

Some people have gone to extreme lengths to give themselves disabilities. Take North Carolina resident Jewel Shuping, for example. She shared that she had always wanted to be blind from a young age. She found a psychologist who worked with her for two weeks to make sure this was something she really wanted to do. They finally figured that a drain cleaner would get the job done and went through with it. Although it was a painful process, she claims to be happier than ever. "My mother would find me walking in the halls at night, when I was three or four years old," she said. She mentioned that by the time she was six; she remembered that thinking about being blind made her feel comfortable.  As a teenager, she began to wear thick black sunglasses and by age 20, she was fully fluent in Braille language.

Shuping has been diagnosed by experts with Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID), a condition in which abled people believe they are meant to be disabled. Shuping shared her story to raise public awareness of BIID. She also told people not to go about it the way she did, saying, "I know there is a need, but perhaps someday there will be a treatment for it. People with BIID get trains to run over their legs, freeze dry their legs, or fall off cliffs to try to paralyze themselves. It's very, very dangerous. And they need professional help." Many. people are not able to understand trans-ability as a concept, fearing that it takes away from the struggles disabled people go through. 

Psychiatrist Dr. Mark Malan, who treats Jennings White, told that the question he asks is, is it better to have somebody pretending to use a wheelchair, or to commit suicide? One possibility could be to do some sort of nerve-blocking so that the limb could not actually be used for a period, to let the patient test the reality of being physically disabled temporarily. It would give BIID sufferers a chance to change their minds if they wanted to."What do you think about this disorder which actually makes people uncomfortable about their own naturally fine working bodies? Do mention your thoughts in the comment section below.