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Gender Identity Disorder Officially Removed From DSM-5

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.



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3 Responses to Gender Identity Disorder Officially Removed From DSM-5

  1. Koanbred

    December 5, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    I agree with Philosochick!

    So they’ve changed the name, which would first appear to have removed the stigma. However, it will still prevent a MTF transsexual from employment in certain key professional positions, due to the stigma that it carries.

    Merely changing the name, does not destigmatized. It also does not remove the psychological phenomenon from the list of psychological pathologies, in need of some kind of psychological treatment, after being professionally assessed.

    Whenever, people are in need of psychological counseling and/or treatment, they are generally viewed as “abnormal”, “unbalanced”, and more than likely to be considered as “ill”. That’s especially within a society where transgendered people feel compelled to have a special day of remembrance, for the purpose of reminding the world about their members, who have been murdered.

  2. Vickie Stone

    December 1, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    I disagree…GID implies there is a disorder….think about the strength of a word like that. Dysphoria implies there is a discomfort.

    I am a highly functioning individual with a dysphoria between my birth gender and the gender I’d prefer to present in.

    If the dysphoria stopped me or impeded my ability to function I think it could potentially become a disorder, but for most of us our gender issues are a mere incongruence. I prefer the recall of the earlier term “gender dysphoria.”

    Look they’ve got have some name to describe “most of us,” don’t they?

  3. Philosochick

    December 1, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    You’re kidding, right? They didn’t remove GID from the DSM-V, they just changed its name from GID back to Gender Dysphoria. It’s still just as pathologized as ever, even if the the APA tries to say otherwise in the DSM.

    I think you should check your sources again.