A.P.A. : gender identity disorder isn't a mental illness

lifesitenews.com/news/apa-to-eliminate-gender-identity-disorder-replace-with-gender-dysphoria now these poor souls will be encouraged to celebrate their disorder.

According to Dr. Nicholas Cummings, former president of the APA and Chair of The Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings Foundation, the problem with the redefinition is that it may limit how much help people with gender identity issues are able to seek—and how much psychologists are comfortable giving.

“I think that [psychologists] are afraid to address the topic directly with their patients because they fear there will be repercussions from the APA,” Dr. Cummings told LifeSiteNews. “They fear a malpractice suit. It limits their response [to patients].”

Dr. Cummings explained that the APA believes gender identity is immutable and any psychologist who tries to help a patient change it commits malpractice, “which is interesting as there are patients who seek change. Change is very difficult and happens only in a minority of cases…but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done.”

Dr. Duk expressed concern that under the APA’s new definition children, who could normally experience gender identity confusion until age eleven, will be offered medications that will delay puberty so they can decide their sex.

“Pharmaceutical companies are trying to make money off of something that is contrary to the use of science and the Hippocratic oath,” Dr. Duk said.

Dr. Cummings said that the APA’s redefinition “ is more of a political issue than it is scientific,” he said. “All this talk is based on politics, attitude—not science. If you try to be scientific, you choose to be a homophobe.”

“When treatment, whether psychological or medical, is determined by politics, it’s very frightening.”

Dr. Duk expressed concern that under the APA’s new definition children, who could normally experience gender identity confusion until age eleven, will be offered medications that will delay puberty so they can decide their sex.

This just sounds unnatural…in what part of the Multiverse is this in anyway a good thing?

boston ?
lifesitenews.com/news/we-can-do-wonders-if-we-get-them-early-young-twin-boy-undergoes-sex-change/

This is another reason why I’m not going to live in America nor even date an American.
Too many traps nowadays!

Hmm, this is actually fairly old news; this “re-definition” has been floating around since 2010 at least.

And the APA has a long history of caving in to political pressures; in 1973, they deleted homosexuality from their list of disorders.

(The WHO classification compromised; they deleted homosexuality, but retained a category of “ego-dystonic homosexuality” for people who were unhappy with their same-sex attraction and sought help.)

Technically speaking, “dysphoria” is a very, very vague term, which means “bad mood” (or, more generally, “emotional distress”.) Our professors used to come down pretty hard on us if we used it too often. :smiley:

In years to come, the DSM-5 will be remembered as the APA’s “Jump The Shark” moment. Things like this make my profession look ridiculous, and are a good reminder of why I stopped using the DSM in the first place.

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