psychiatry

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Attention liberals and feminists

 As someone with liberal political views who also identifies as a feminist I am repeatedly frustrated, disappointed and angered by the left’s neglect of the human rights of those who have been

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Reflections on the Proposed DSM5 Revisions and the Role of Community Consultation

The proposed revisions for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual edition 5 (DSM-5) -- which governs mental health diagnoses -- have been released.

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IFGE Calls for Action from APA

This was posted over at International Foundation for Gender Education and needs to be seen, tweeted and passed around.

 

Health

Resolution

Whereas people are naturally endowed with a wide diversity of gender expression, identities, and sexual orientations;

Whereas, the distress felt by gender non-conforming people is fundamentally due to social prejudice and heterosexism, and is not a characteristic of their identities;

Whereas diagnosis of psychological disorders has been used as a form of social control;

Whereas, the inclusion of normal variations of behavior as diagnostic criteria has been widely used to justify discrimination against gender non-conforming people by individuals, governments, and corporations; and has resulted in material harm to people;

Whereas, the principle responsibility of medicine is to "Do No Harm;"

Therefore, be it resolved that we find the American Psychiatric Association to have a responsibility to ameliorate this harm, and hereby call for the following remedies:

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