Transgender advocates seek new diagnostic terms

LOL. Yep. Let’s keep moving that bar so more people who have “issues” can pretend they don’t and thus not seek treatment. I first wrote about this six years ago and still find it entertaining. Unfortunately, it’s not a laughing matter. If the so-called “experts” can’t figure out something as basic as this, they’re clearly no longer “experts.”

From the Washington Times (and note the appropriate dateline city):

SAN FRANCISCO — Does a woman who strongly believes she was meant to be a man have a mental condition or a medical problem? Is a man who cross-dresses in need of psychological help? What about a boy who pretends to be a girl in make-believe games and chooses only female playmates?

The nation’s psychiatric establishment is wrestling with these questions, among others, as it works to overhaul its diagnostic manual for the first time in almost two decades. Advocates have spent years lobbying the American Psychiatric Association to rewrite or even remove the categories typically used to diagnose transgender people, arguing that terms like Gender Identity Disorder and Transvestic Fetishism promote discrimination by broad-brushing a diverse population with the stigma of mental illness.


“All psychiatric diagnoses occur within a cultural context,” New York psychiatrist Jack Drescher, a member of the APA subcommittee working on the issue, said.

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Yep, the more our culture is crazy, the more people who are crazy fit right in.