Psychologist Helps Mentally Ill Woman Become Blind in Horrific Way

Psychologist Helps Mentally Ill Woman Become Blind in Horrific Way

If a healthy, able-bodied person tells you that they want to make themselves disabled, then you would rightly assume that they were mentally ill. Yet when one woman told her psychologist that she wanted to become blind, the psychologist didn’t get her mental help — she blinded her with drain cleaner.

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A North Carolina woman says she is happier than ever after fulfilling her lifelong wish of becoming blind.

Jewel Shuping, 30, has Body Integrity Identity Disorder, which is a condition where able-bodied people believe they are meant to be disabled, according to Barcroft TV.

Shuping said that her fascination with blindness began when she was about 6 years old.

“By the time I was 6 I remember that thinking about being blind made me feel comfortable,” she told Barcroft TV.

As a teen Shuping said she began wearing thick, black sunglasses and walking with a cane. By the age of 20, she was even fluent in braille.

“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,” Shuping told Barcroft TV.

In 2006, Shuping found a psychologist who was willing to help her become blind. The psychologist began putting numbing drops in her eyes, followed by a couple of drops of drain cleaner.

“It hurt, let me tell you. My eyes were screaming and I had some drain cleaner going down my cheek burning my skin,” she told Barcroft TV. “But all I could think was ‘I am going blind, it is going to be okay.’”

It took about half a year for the damage to take effect.

“When I woke up the following day I was joyful until I turned on to my back and opened my eyes – I was so enraged when I saw the TV screen,” Shuping said.

Eventually, one of her eyes had to be removed and the other had glaucoma and cataracts.

At first, Shuping told her family that it was all an accident, but they eventually found out the truth.

Shuping’s mother and sister are no longer speaking to her.

… “I really feel this is the way I was supposed to be born, that I should have been blind from birth,” Shuping said. “When there’s nobody around you who feels the same way, you start to think that you’re crazy. But I don’t think I’m crazy, I just have a disorder.”

We look at people like Shuper, who has Body Integrity Identity Disorder, rightly think they’re mentally ill, and no decent doctor would ever “treat” them by giving in to their delusions. Yet somehow, we think it’s perfectly fine to do just that for people who “know” that they’re the wrong gender. How does that make sense?

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