APA Revises Manual: Being Transgender Is No Longer A Mental Disorder

  • metta

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    Dec 06, 2012 8:23 AM GMT
    APA Revises Manual: Being Transgender Is No Longer A Mental Disorder


    http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2012/12/03/1271431/apa-revises-manual-being-transgender-is-no-longer-a-mental-disorder/
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    Dec 06, 2012 5:47 PM GMT
    Don't understand ..... how can it NOT be?
  • metta

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    Dec 06, 2012 5:56 PM GMT
    ^

    sigh....

    did you read the article?
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    Dec 07, 2012 12:08 AM GMT
    metta8 said^

    sigh....

    did you read the article?


    On the mobile so not until I get home. True, I should have waited to comment.
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    Dec 07, 2012 4:06 AM GMT
    metta8 saidAPA Revises Manual: Being Transgender Is No Longer A Mental Disorder
    I never knew it was until now.

    I'd rather see a "gwoman" (guy-woman) medically select his or her preferred gender than be trapped in a gender he or she is uncomfortable with.

    The hatred I see in the LGBT population toward butch girls and bitch guys is saddening. It's nice to know the APA recognized this and realized it's not a game of who's dumber...it's people's lives. Hopefully society will get the memo and people can get on with their lives. icon_biggrin.gif
  • Whipmagic

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    Dec 07, 2012 4:13 AM GMT
    About time! I was very happy when they revised the classifications of the paraphilias in DSM IV in the nineties, removing the disorder stigma from consensual BDSM play. I'm glad the transgender community gets now similar satisfaction in DSM V.
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    Dec 07, 2012 4:57 AM GMT
    freedomisntfree said
    metta8 said^

    sigh....

    did you read the article?


    On the mobile so not until I get home. True, I should have waited to comment.


    "The new manual will diagnose transgender people with “Gender Dysphoria,” which communicates the emotional distress that can result from “a marked incongruence between one’s experienced/expressed gender and assigned gender"

    Ok. I agree.
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    Dec 07, 2012 4:59 AM GMT
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    Dec 07, 2012 5:19 AM GMT
    metta8 saidAPA Revises Manual: Being Transgender Is No Longer A Mental Disorder


    http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2012/12/03/1271431/apa-revises-manual-being-transgender-is-no-longer-a-mental-disorder/



    So does this now mean that US military will allow transgender people to serve, since the APA doesn't consider it a mental disorder?
  • TroyAthlete

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    Dec 07, 2012 5:37 AM GMT
    This article is really sensationalistic and not all accurate. The new DSM will still contain a code for "transvestic disorder" which is not all that different except that it will now be considered less severe since transgender identity disorder at least gave trans person a strong diagnosis that allowed them to obtain professional medical treatments to change their birth gender if they so chose.

    The core "identity" component has now been essentially downgraded to mere cross-dressing. So now will it not only be more difficult for trans persons to get trans-friendly medical procedures, they're still going to have their identity pathologized, just under a diagnosis that medical providers will take even less seriously.

    Not something to celebrate if you ask me.