Thursday, December 6, 2012

Being Trans is No Longer a “Mental Illness” But…

Updated Below.

Here is some great news: “as of Dec. 1, trans persons are no longer classified by the medical community as mentally ill…” according to the recently ratified fifth edition of DSM-5, also known as the “psychiatrists' bible.”

We knew this all along, but now those who should be in the know also know!

You can read the rest of the story on The Huffington Post.

Update: Diana just informed me that sadly, there is a big “but” regarding this “good news.” I am trying to sort this out, but in the meantime, you can read this, this and this to learn about the big “but.”

1 comment:

  1. The final link is a great example of the Law of Unintended Consequences. Also, by not having GID in DSM many insurance companies won't reimburse, since the patient doesn't have a valid diagnosis. It minor ~ many will use a catchall diagnosis (eg, depression) instead.

    But I'm not certain the transvestic disorder made it to the final DSM-V. I'm trying to find out for sure.