Liberation Day

From Daily Kos:  http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/12/04/1167167/-Liberation-Day

By rserven
Tue Dec 04, 2012

On Saturday, December 1, 2012 the board of trustees of the American Psychiatric Association approved the changes in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which will now be known as the DSM-5 (as part of the dumbing down of America, it was apparently found necessary to stop using Roman numerals).

Among other changes, such as the revamping of the autism disorder spectrum, the new version of the manual no longer classifies people who are transgender or gender non-conforming as mentally disordered.  Additionally compulsive hoarding will now be in a category of its own and PTSD will be moved into its own chapter, with more sensitivity to children and adolescents.

Until now, the term “gender identity disorder” has been used to diagnose people who are transgender.  For conservatives, this has provided rhetorical carte blanche to describe the entire trans committee as disordered, delusional, and mentally ill.  In some cases, this diagnosis has even been used to discriminate against trans people, with claims that they are unfit parents or employees, as examples.  On the other hand, insurance companies have been more willing to cover the expenses associated with transition under this language, because treatment for a disorder is considered medically necessary, rather than cosmetic.

The final editing process will take place until December and the new manual will be released at the APA annual meeting in San Francisco in May and take effect then.

This does not mean that transgender people are totally excluded from the DSM-V.  We will henceforth be diagnosed as having gender dysphoria…which is what I recall from pre-DSM-IV days.  Gender dysphoria concerns the “emotional distress that can result ‘from a marked incongruence between one’s experienced or expressed gender and assigned gender.”  This new classification allows for affirmative treatment of the distress without the stigma of a disorder.

In July the APA called for new guidelines to ensure the best course of treatment for transgender patients.  In August the APA took a stand on the necessity of transgender civil rights:

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