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Is Being Transgender A Mental Illness?

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Of course we know it's not. This short video explains it very clearly and succinctly:

Is Being Transgender A Mental Illness?

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I'm a little troubled by the title though in relation to the video - it still seems like she might be saying that Gender Dysphoria is a "mental illness." GD is very likely on its way to being included as a medical diagnosis and removed from the DSM entirely, which would be awesome (it has to be in 1 or the other in order for insurance to cover medical transition costs). The DSM is also problematic because it makes it seem like it's all about internal distress, when so much of the issue for most people is the external distress - the bigotry and rejection that we face as a result of our gender identity.

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I'm a little troubled by the title though in relation to the video - it still seems like she might be saying that Gender Dysphoria is a "mental illness." 

​I'm afraid I tend to agree. There was something bugging me that I couldn't put my finger on and maybe that was it. 

The DSM is also problematic because it makes it seem like it's all about internal distress, when so much of the issue for most people is the external distress - the bigotry and rejection that we face as a result of our gender identity.

​My mileage has varied. I suffered much much more from internal distress than external, at least after about age 7 or 8. Even as I came out it was the internal stress that caused me so much grief. Other people have, by and large, been delightful. I'm lucky to be living in the Seattle area.

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It seems the title may be a "click bait" type headline. That isn't always a bad thing. It's just something journalists and video marketing people use to get more views. I agree though, I don't care for the title. 

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Okay here is the thing about the title, as far as to stretch it to being mental & illness at the same time. Only signify the importance of being a transgender specific gender.  

Now being about all in your thoughts, what if something triggers you into taking drastic measures, than does transgenders become a mental health risk or Illness etc?

Unless you're Kaitlyn Jenner who had several voilent crimes and a car accident where victim was killed than only for that type of transgender person of community interest becomes a health risk to be labeled as mental health Illness.

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Click bait. 

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Does appear to be clik bait simply because of the title.  But I'm wondering if that was a ploy to get those who NEED to hear that information to check it out.  We KNOW what "transgender" and "gender dysphoria" are, and we know they are not mental illnesses.  It's the people who think we are mentally disturbed who need to learn something.  Perhaps the vid was aimed at them.

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I do agree. After I posted “click bait “ I watched the video and it was pretty good. Simple but good. I should have watched it before hand but I hate giving “click bait” any attention. I guess my head is just spinning lately and I just reacted. The way I see it is anything that might help someone to understand the meaning of a very complicated topic is a positive thing. It was very hard for me personally to wrap my head around what this all means and what the differences were in regards to terminology. It does seem to focus on the “in your head distress “ leavening out the external a bit. Yes, something did bother me a tiny bit while watching the video where I was feeling uneasy with what was being said. Kind of like “uhmmmm aaaa Naaa aahhh” if that makes any sense. But information is good and someone who knows nothing about this might have a better understanding after watching. Add more Specific information after that and maybe a truer understanding is around the corner. So thank you Emma for posting this. 

Christy

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