Homosexuality and the DSM?
Question: if homosexuality was in the DSM and is not there anymore does it invalidate all things in the DSM? like if they said homosexuality was a mental disorder how can we give any level of acceptance to what is in the DSM now? or should homosexuality be put back in the DSM? mr. knowitall my comment is that if it was in and nis now not should we not trust anything in there? science is not changing personal opinions are so mental health really is hardly a complete science it has social norms involved.
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Do you mean the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders? Well it shows we can make progress, doesn't it? Witchcraft was taken out 150 years ago and homosexuality was taken out in the 70s. Science continues to make advances. Isn't that a -good- thing?
wow...didn't know all that...good info...i agree..it is a type of mental disorder...kinda like over eaters, thieves, drunkards, and so on....people who say it has been around for a long time and say its normal...so has murder is that normal...and if it is so normal...why does is go against natural law...they can't reproduce themselves...how does it exist if it is not a mental condition? so i guess we made the wrong decision...
This is a good question. I would say that it doesn't invalidate but it does call into question all things in the DSM. Furthermore, it calls into question the scientific basis behind much of psychology/psychiatry. A lot of what has been written is based solely on opinion and not on scientific studies. Stomach ulcer was another area that was mishandled. In talking with patients of GP doctors, it seems that when they can't identify the cause of an illness, they often suggest that the patient has a psychiatric illness. Part of the problem is that this area is so primitive that not enough is known to write scientifically about various illnesses. Because of this, a lot of opinion is used to fill in the gaps. It's going to take another fifty years before there is a fairly full understanding of the common disorders.
No, it is not a disorder! Even though man and woman truly complement each other, homosexuality has his function in nature. In the animal kingdom, homosexuality has the function to reduce the sexual stress among those who are not alpha males and to strength bond between females that live in large group like some species of monkeys. Dolphin males and bonono females are the best examples of this behavior. Some biologist have even suggested that bi-sexuality is the most common behavior among animals. In humans, this is what some important International Health Organization had said about this subject: The American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and the National Association of Social Workers state: “ In 1952, when the American Psychiatric Association published its first Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, homosexuality was included as a disorder. Almost immediately, however, that classification began to be subjected to critical scrutiny in research funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. That study and subsequent research consistently failed to produce any empirical or scientific basis for regarding homosexuality as a disorder or abnormality, rather than a normal and healthy sexual orientation. As results from such research accumulated, professionals in medicine, mental health, and the behavioral and social sciences reached the conclusion that it was inaccurate to classify homosexuality as a mental disorder and that the DSM classification reflected untested assumptions based on once-prevalent social norms and clinical impressions from unrepresentative samples comprising patients seeking therapy and individuals whose conduct brought them into the criminal justice system. In recognition of the scientific evidence, the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from the DSM in 1973, stating that "homosexuality per se implies no impairment in judgment, stability, reliability, or general social or vocational capabilities." After thoroughly reviewing the scientific data, the American Psychological Association adopted the same position in 1975, and urged all mental health professionals "to take the lead in removing the stigma of mental illness that has long been associated with homosexual orientations." The National Association of Social Workers has adopted a similar policy. Thus, mental health professionals and researchers have long recognized that being homosexual poses no inherent obstacle to leading a happy, healthy, and productive life, and that the vast majority of gay and lesbian people function well in the full array of social institutions and interpersonal relationships."  The longstanding consensus of research and clinical literature demonstrates that same-sex sexual and romantic attractions, feelings, and behaviors are normal and positive variations of human sexuality. There is now a large body of research evidence that indicates that being gay, lesbian or bisexual is compatible with normal mental health and social adjustment. The World Health Organization's ICD-9 (1977) listed homosexuality as a mental illness; it was removed from the ICD-10, endorsed by the Forty-third World Health Assembly on 17 May 1990." I SUGGEST YOU TO READ THIS ARTICLE AND TO WATCH SOME VIDEOS SO YOU CAN HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING ABOUT WHY IT IS NOT A DISEASE
People who are not in the mental health business don't realize that, to some degree, the creation of diagnostic categories is a political process. At one level, you are right to be suspicious of the DSM. There was, for example, a proposal to include something called "Self-Defeating Personality Disorder" in the DSM; this disorder was supposedly present mainly in women. A Canadian psychologist by the name of Paula Caplan argued against and ridiculed this proposed diagnosis, which had virtually no scientific evidence to back it. She wrote a book, "The Myth of Women's Masochism," discussing her fight to prevent this diagnosis from being included, and her (tongue-in-cheek) counterproposal for a diagnosis for overly aggressive males. The book is an interesting look at how the DSM is changed and revised. Mental illness exists and there are diagnostic categories that are backed by centuries of research and writing. The rapid rise in the number of diagnostic categories reflects both our increasing knowledge of certain aspects of human behaviour and, in many cases, a conscious decision to medicalize behaviour. So, yes, you're right to be suspicous of the DSM.
As a Filipino myself, I am appalled that homosexuality is still seen in this light. But then, in a country that is overwhelmingly Catholic, as well as pretenses to being "macho" (for the men) and thinking that "America is the Dream Land", I am not at all surprised that we play hypocrisy like Madonna plays reinvention: We are experts in it! (1) Yes, Danton Remoto (LADLAD party chair) was visibly pissed that it was not allowed accreditation on the basis that "not all Filipinos are gay" - and yet, in Congress, we have representatives for jeepney drivers, tricycle drivers, in fact Richard Gomez (an actor) wanted to run under the banner of MAD (Mamamayan Ayaw sa Droga - which means Citizens Against Drugs) - are jeepney drivers, tricycle drivers, and drug addicts the "majority"?!? Until Benjamin Abalos (the current electoral chief) resigns, I can't ever trust our electoral governing body. (2) Health service workers are supposed to be non judgemental in helping people, but in our country, where religion mixes with our daily lives (even malls open with a prayer), it cannot be avoided that seemingly areas that should have no bias are given "color" - like your friend who is afraid to avail of health services, for fear that he will be condemned or ostracized. Sad, but true. (3) That video posted is an indictment of the level of professionalism of the medical personnel who administered the operation. The doctors/nurses had no right to post it, or any other similar procedures, in such a public forum like YouTube. And may I paraphrase what the Catholic Church representative said when he was asked to comment about the video: "It's his fault because he's gay". Need we say more, as to why your friend is afraid of being "judged"? (4) Yes, in the Philippines, they would rather you be a murderer but straight, than a decent, law abiding, tax paying human being but gay. Because here, being gay is "unforgivable". (Side note: Thankfully, my sister doesn't do that - keep me away from her kids, in the few times that I met them. But she does believe that I won't go to heaven.) What I've been saying/commenting is actually how homosexuality is viewed in the Philippines. Someone here posted (about 2 months ago, I think) that the Philippines is surprisingly tolerant of homosexuality. To which I replied, yes, that's because hypocrisy is one of our national pastimes. Thanks for vouching that statement with your examples.
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