(If you are interested in learning about the science & biology behind being transgender, gender nonbinary, and intersex, be sure to view our article 'Planting Seeds of Gender & Sex Truth' which is intended to accompany this article.)
What is the DSM-5, and why is it so important, and credible?
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is the standard classification of mental disorders used by mental health professionals in the United States and contains a listing of diagnostic criteria for every psychiatric disorder recognized by the U.S. healthcare system.
It is most definitely popular opinion that being transgender is a 'mental illness', or a 'mental disorder', although the newest version of the American Psychiatric Association 'Diagnostic and Statistical Manual' , also known as 'DSM-5', released in 2013, confirms that being transgender is not a mental disorder, not one single page claims being transgender is a mental disorder, you can read it for yourself, you can buy it on Amazon.com, and you can visit the DSM-5 website here! but for those of you who are too lazy to do the research yourself, or can't afford the book, here are a few specifics of when, and where to find anything transgender, transsexual or gender dysphoria related throughout the entire book:
The term transgender is mentioned only 3 times in this entire book, once in the "Glossary Of Technical Terms" on page 830, and 'transgender' is defined:
The broad spectrum of individuals who transiently or permanently identify with a gender different from their natal gender.
You can also find the term 'transgender' used on the following pages: 451, & 458.
The term 'transsexual' is mentioned only 4 times in this entire book, once in the "Glossary Of Technical Terms" on page 830, and 'transsexual' is defined:
An individual who seeks, or has undergone, a social transition from male to female or female to male, which in many, but not all cases may also involve a somatic transition by cross-sex hormone treatment and genital surgery ("sex reassignment surgery").
You can also find the term 'transsexual' used on the following pages: 451, and twice on page 457.
The term 'gender dysphoria' is mentioned 134 times in this entire book, once in the "Glossary Of Technical Terms" on page 822, and 'gender dysphoria' is defined:
Distress that accompanies the incongruence between one's experienced and expressed gender and one's assigned or natal gender.
'Gender dysphoria' is discussed in depth on pages 451 through 459.
Let's talk about 'gender dysphoria', and make a few things clear, not all transgender or transsexual people have 'gender dysphoria' first of all, second of all, 'gender dysphoria' is not the 'diagnosis' for being transgender or transsexual, which is a common misconception, as you can see in the above definition quoted directly from the DSM-5. Not all transgender people are dissatisfied with life, or in a state of constant unease, but for those of us who are, that says nothing negative about who we are as our own personally defined gender.
To conclude this blog post, I want to reiterate something that I say all the time, and that is, just because your opinion is a popular opinion doesn't make it an opinion based from any factual stand point. Make your opinions educated opinions, that is what makes a person intelligent! Crack open a book, do some actual research, instead of being on the outside looking in. Best of luck to you all in your quest of knowledge, and thank you for taking the time to learn!
If you are interested in learning about the science & biology behind being transgender, gender nonbinary, and intersex, be sure to view our article 'Planting Seeds of Gender & Sex Truth' which is intended to accompany this article.
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