I was infuriated to read about a woman who deliberately persuaded a (possibly over-gullible) psychologist to blind her.
For most people becoming blind would be a living nightmare - but for Jewel Shuping it was the fulfilment of a lifelong dream.
Jewel has Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID), a condition in which able-bodied people believe they are meant to be disabled.
Her need to lose her sight was so strong that in 2006 she decided to blind herself - by having a sympathetic psychologist pour DRAIN CLEANER into her eyes.
According to Jewel, her fascination with blindness began early in childhood.
She said: "When I was young my mother would find me walking in the halls at night, when I was three or four years old.
"By the time I was six I remember that thinking about being blind made me feel comfortable."
As a child she would spend hours staring at the sun, watching sunspots and solar storms, after her mother told her it would damage her eyes.
In her teens she started wearing thick black sunglasses, getting her first white cane aged 18 and becoming fully fluent in braille by the age of 20.
Jewel said: "I was 'blind-simming', which is pretending to be blind, but the idea kept coming up in my head and by the time I was 21 it was a non-stop alarm that was going off."
Determined to make her dream a reality, Jewel found a psychologist willing to help her become blind - an act which she compares to a deaf person wanting to get a cochlear implant.
The psychologist put in numbing eyedrops - acquired by Jewel during a special visit to Canada - and then a couple of drops of drain cleaner in each eye.
Jewel said: "It hurt, let me tell you. My eyes were screaming and I had some drain cleaner going down my cheek burning my skin.
"But all I could think was 'I am going blind, it is going to be okay."
Despite the hospital's attempts to save her vision - against her wishes - they were permanently damaged, although it took around half a year for the damage to take affect.
There's more at the link.
I would have thought any psychologist worthy of the name would have diagnosed and treated her mental disorder, rather than pandered to it. To deliberately maim someone so clearly misguided and not thinking straight . . . if that's not professional malpractice (to put it mildly), what is?
What infuriates me even more is that she continues to excuse her behavior and justify it.
"If someone were to say that its fundamentally selfish to blind myself, I would say that it’s selfish to refuse treatment to somebody with a disorder.
"This is not a choice, it’s a need based on a disorder of the brain."
No, Ma'am. It's not a need. It's a psychosis. It's a disease. One doesn't cure a disease, or treat it, by encouraging and/or cultivating and/or giving in to it!