Sunday, 2 March 2008

Changes in the psychiatric status of homosexuality & transsexuality...

Until the early 1970's the study of homosexuality remained mostly in the domains of psychiatry.

Different theories about the origins of homosexuality were advanced. Most of the theories associated homosexuality with psychopathology, caused by faulty upbringing, which included a domineering mother, a detached father or both.

Inaccurate as this assumption was, it was not surprising because psychiatrists obtained their data only from people in therapy who had mental or emotional problems.

In 1972 & 73 the American Psychiatric Assoc. deleted homosexuality as a disease from their diagnostic handbooks.

The term "sexual preference" was introduced in the 1970's to correct the earlier concept that homosexuality was a disease or deviation.

After 1982, as more scientists found evidence that homosexuality & heterosexuality may not be a matter of free choice, the term "sexual orientation" emerged & is commonly used today.

BUT:

Many people feel that the deletion of homosexuality as a mental disorder from the DSM-III and the ensuing creation of the GID diagnosis was merely sleight of hand by psychiatrists, who changed the focus of the diagnosis from the deviant desire (of the same sex) to the subversive identity (or the belief/desire for membership of the opposite sex/gender.

People who believe this tend to point out that the same idea is found in both diagnoses, that the patient is not a "normal" male or female. As Kelley Winters PhD an advocate for GID reform put it, "Behaviours that would be ordinary or even exemplary for gender-conforming boys and girls are presented as symptomatic of mental disorder for gender nonconforming children.”

In a landmark publication in December 2002, the British Lord Chancellor's office published a Government Policy Concerning Transsexual People document that categorically states, "What transsexualism is not...It is not a mental illness."

Nonetheless, existing psychiatric diagnoses of gender identity disorder or the now obsolete categories of homosexual disorder, gender dysphoria syndrome, true transsexual, etc., continue to be accepted as formal evidence of transsexuality!

Whist evidence suggests that transgender behaviour has a neurological basis; there is no scientific consensus on whether the etiology of transgenderism is mental or physical.

Unfortunately psychiatric diagnoses continue to carry authority until those diagnoses are changed. However, little scientific and statistically valid research into transgenderism or transsexualism is actually being conducted.

I will however soon publish a list of neurological evidence.

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health also enshrines the mental illness diagnoses because no other medical diagnoses are available.

The President of WPATH is Stephen Whittle of Press For Change a UK political lobby group that claims to represent the views of transsexual & transgender people. The conflict of interest is rather obvious!

Transgender people object to the classification of GID as a mental disorder on the grounds that there is a physical cause, as suggested by recent studies about the brains of transsexual people.

The treatment for this gender identity disorder consists primarily of physical modifications to bring the body into harmony with one's perception of mental (psychological, emotional) gender identity, rather than vice versa.

The accepted definition of transsexualism is the desire to live and be accepted as a member of the opposite sex, usually accompanied by the wish to make his or her body as congruent as possible with the preferred sex through surgery & hormone treatment. This must be present persistently for at least two years and not a symptom of a mental illness or chromosomal abnormality.

So think about it you must not be mentally ill to be transsexual but because you say you are transsexual you are mentally ill.

At the end of the day though this is a Human Rights issue, as the psychiatrists have no valid statistical scientific data to back up their statement that this is a mental illness because we say it is!

HM Government says one thing but due to irrational fears of the subversive nature of gender identity continues with laws that allow the agents of the sate to abuse a small vulnerable group.

Gender Identity is determined before birth

Gender “expression” can be altered, gender identity can not

Transsexual people have a neuro-developmental condition of the brain; a neurological inter-sexed condition

People born transsexual do NOT change gender, they alter their physical sexual characteristics to match their innate gender

Typically, transsexual people realise their difference at three to five years of age but are sometimes repressed due to extreme societal/parental pressure to conform to their outward physical characteristics

The drive for most transsexual people to bring their physical sexual characteristics into congruence with their gender identity is intense

Transsexual people do NOT have a mental or psychological condition, just a birth anomaly

Transsexual people recognize their gender at an early age but may, in fact, suffer from depression and other psychopathology due to the stress of their incongruence.

Being a transsexual person has no connection with sexual orientation, as transsexual people can be heterosexual, bisexual or homosexual.


If The Equality and Human Rights Commission can’t sort this mess out then it’s back to the European Courts…

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