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How do you feel about so many trans* conditions being treated medically (usually as Gender Identity Disorder)?
10/14/2012
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Originally posted by hem
How do you feel about so many trans* conditions being treated medically (usually as Gender Identity Disorder)?
I don't like being transgender being thought of as a mental illness, but the way it effects one's life often demands the help that counselling and other resources can offer.
10/14/2012
tiniest bird tiniest bird
I don't like it being treated like a mental illness (there's plenty wrong with my brain, but that's not one of them), but there are definitely advantages to it being treated as a medical issue - that's why the insurance plans that cover transition are willing to do so, after all.
10/14/2012
GONE! GONE!
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Originally posted by tiniest bird
I don't like it being treated like a mental illness (there's plenty wrong with my brain, but that's not one of them), but there are definitely advantages to it being treated as a medical issue - that's why the insurance plans that ... More
Exactly this. There's no easy answer.
10/14/2012
alistair alistair
I don't like it being treated like a mental illness but if that's what someone wants to classify me so I can transition then that's okay...
10/15/2012
Jaxxie Lifeless Jaxxie Lifeless
i hate that its a "mental illness" it isnt. its the stupid sperm and egg that fucked our bodies or if youre religious "god made a mistake" but like he said ^^ whatever it takes to transition then whatever
10/17/2012
Boyqueen Boyqueen
I hate being pathologized like that and treated as if I am not sane because of it. Essentially what everyone else has said. But my insurance doesn't cover anything for it and treats it like it's an elective "illness".
10/19/2012
edeneve edeneve
I need more info. about the issue as well as each individual to be able to form an opinion.
10/19/2012
jsnyder87 jsnyder87
I honestly do not think that it needs to be classified they way that it is. I mean think about it. Why should trans people be considered with a mental condition and in order to live their desired gender therapy is required and stuff like that. Im not but i do not agree. it is hard enough dealing with the fact that you are different though a shrink into it to decide your fate and i think it is crap.
10/21/2012
TheParrishism TheParrishism
I personally think it is a disorder, so I have no problem with it.
11/13/2012
Mediumsizedman Mediumsizedman
I view it as a medical condition and treat it medically. If you don't view it as a medical condition then why would you treat it medically?
12/12/2012
butts butts
If dysphoria is considered an illness, then fine! I believe it's a medical problem, I have no issue with it being referred to as GID and i'm not sure why people get so uppity about it.
12/12/2012
butts butts
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Originally posted by jsnyder87
I honestly do not think that it needs to be classified they way that it is. I mean think about it. Why should trans people be considered with a mental condition and in order to live their desired gender therapy is required and stuff like that. Im not ... More
"shrinks" are involved to stop people from making the wrong decision. Many people who believe they are ready for HRT and SRS actually are, but some aren't, some look to transsexuality as a form of escapism and that will lead to intense regret and possibly self harm or even suicide later on. This doesn't effect how they choose to live, you can still do whatever you can to pass without HRT or SRS if your therapist deems you not mentally ready for the transition.

I know someone personally who griped for years about not being allowed by their therapist to get testosterone, only for them to later decide that they were genderqueer and were fine with their body. They're a bit... mentally unstable. I completely understand why they were turned down. In the end it was for the better. A good "shrink" will be able to tell pretty easily if you're mature enough and have done enough self discovery to confirm your dysphoria and need for a transition, it's not a problem, they don't stop people who legitimately are transsexual from transitioning.
12/12/2012
needapacker needapacker
It's a medical condition so you treat it medically. Makes sense.
I don't like it being classified as a mental disorder, since it's not a mental problem, it's a physical one. But considering the only symptom is dysphoria and there aren't and physical signs that you can show without cutting the person's brain open, it's going to have to be classified mentally.
12/12/2012
TransGuy14 TransGuy14
I think the medical benefits (insurance coverage etc.) that come from the diagnosis is extremely helpful. I think that the mental disorder status itself isn't accurate and that it's often used against us. I'm reading more and more about trans people who have their kids taken away in court because they are classified as mentally ill and thus unfit parents. 1. mental illness does not mean you're unfit. 2. trans people, just by virtue of being trans, does not mean you're unfit. But by the current classification, that's the conclusions that people come up with.

I'm curious to see how the language changes in the new DSM will shift the conversations in the medical world, in court, eventually in daily life.
12/13/2012
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