Dating a paralyzed woman

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Those attracted often cherish early memories of a sexuoerotic tragedy (a "first sighting") involving an object of their future attention, often an older member of the opposite sex, as stereotypical in paraphilic etiology.

About a quarter report discovering the paraphilia in puberty and a few in maturity.

Avowed "wannabes" seem to number not more than five percent of the devotee-wannabe population, though Nattress (1996) found 22 percent of his sample of 50 had wanted to become disabled.

Accordingly, Bruno (1997) puts those afflicted with versions of the paraphilia under the broad heading of Devotees, Pretenders, and Wannabes (DPWs), as used here.

Until the 1990s, it tended to be described mostly as acrotomophilia, at the expense of other disabilities, or of the wish by some to pretend or acquire disability.

Bruno (1997) systematised the attraction as factitious disability disorder.

Weekly training with these machines re-awakened undamaged but unused spinal cord nerves that had survived the car crashes, falls and other accidents that caused paralysis, he said."These patients didn't have any movement of their limbs and they didn't have any tactile feeling below the level of their injury," Nicolelis said.

"After one year of training, half of these patients had to be reclassified as partial paraplegic, because we could document voluntary movements from these patients."The patients also regained some level of bladder control and bowel function that had been lost due to their spinal cord injury.

In the standard psychiatric reference Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, text revision (DSM-IV-tr), the fetish falls under the general category of "Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders" and the more specific category of paraphilia, or sexual fetishes; Desires to pretend to be disabled and acquire a disability are extensions of the pathological disorder.

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