The board of trustees of the American Psychiatric Association have approved the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The DSM-5 is due out in March of next year. The new DSM will eliminate several disorders including Asperger’s, which has been folded into Autism in a move that many families, sufferers and even some professionals feel is a bad idea. Also removed from the DSM will be Gender Identity Disorder. GID will be replaced with the term “gender dysphoria” to mean the distress and discomfort one feels between one’s physical sex and one’s gender.
Gender dysphoria has been used as an alternate term for GID for some time now. Research has shown a strong correlation between a person’s brain-body map and gender dysphoria.