New WHO Diagnostic Labels Perpetuate Transgender Stigma

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07/29/2016 04:39 pm ET This blog post was originally published on the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education Ethics & Society blog.

 

The movement of the World Health Organization (WHO) to declassify transgender identity as a mental disorder is simultaneously a step forward in affirming the personhood of gender minority individuals, and a step backward in diagnoses that adequately reflect their health needs. The solutions posited by the WHO reveal the systemic influence of health insurance policies in defining not only medical disorders, but also social categories.

Currently, in the United States and abroad, in order to qualify for health insurance coverage for gender affirming surgery or hormone replacement therapy (HRT), mentally healthy transgender individuals must receive a diagnosis indicating a gender-related mental disorder based on either the WHO classification or the “gender dysphoria” diagnostic category in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). In the hopes of fostering greater acceptance while still satisfying insurers, after 25 years, the WHO is considering a new diagnostic category: “Conditions related to sexual health.”

According to Dr. Celia B. Fisher, Director of the Center for Ethics Education and Professor of Psychology at Fordham University, the new terminology, while well-intentioned, “runs the risk of perpetuating stereotypes that conflate gender identity and sexual orientation and lead to continued misclassification of transgender personhood as a sexual problem.”

More here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ethics-society/new-who-diagnostic-labels_b_11239896.html

 

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It's bad enough that people lump sexuality and gender together.  They are not the same. This is where the confusion is, and most people actually believe that they are.

 

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"The problem with this, Fisher argued, is that many people who successfully go on HRT or those who have selected to have gender affirming surgery are no longer unhappy or distressed—yet they require continuing medical care."  -- huffingtonpost.com

I don't see where this is an issue.  A diabetic can suffer ill affects of high and low blood sugar levels.  Poor health can make one unhappy or distressed.  Once they are prescibed the appropriate medical care, those issues are abated, and the person can lead a better quality of life, but they require continuing medical care.

I don't understand why this is so hard for the medicine men and pencil-pushers to understand.  Once they pull their heads out of their seats and get it straight, society will follow suit eventually, and we'll all be a lot happier.

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The New York Times posted an article a couple of days ago that adds to this, I think:

W.H.O. Weighs Dropping Transgender Identity From List of Mental Disorders

Some quotes from it:

"Removing the mental health label from transgender identity would be a powerful signifier of acceptance, advocates and mental health professionals say."

"The issue is reminiscent of the change in the way homosexuality was treated in the American bible of psychiatric diagnoses, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, known as the D.S.M. In 1973, the book, published by the American Psychiatric Association, changed the diagnosis of “homosexuality” to “sexual orientation disturbance,” and later to “ego-dystonic homosexuality” before dropping it altogether in 1987."

I think that, like homosexuality, it is becoming common knowledge that transgender is simply another aspect of being human, normal in its own right. Indeed, it's high time that we wake up to that fact. I'm grateful that the tide seems to be changing and I get to witness it.

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Alexandra Ossola | August 4, 2016
"But this classification has been controversial. "The conceptualization of transgender identity as a mental disorder has contributed to precarious legal status, human rights violations, and barriers to appropriate health care among transgender people," the study authors write. In 2011, the European Parliament asked the World Health Organization (WHO), which writes the ICD, to remove gender dysphoria as an option for diagnosis."  -- theweek.com

from vocativ
The long battle to remove 'transgender' from the list of psychiatric disorders

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