Being transgender is not a mental illness | Riley J. Dennis

Being transgender is not a mental illness — it’s an identity.

Gender dysphoria can be a mental illness. But not all trans people have gender dysphoria, and not all trans people who have gender dysphoria experience it as a mental illness.

Basically, it’s complicated. Watch the video. Check out the links/sources below. Maybe avoid the transphobes in the comments.

♥LINKS/SOURCES

DSM-5’s Gender Dysphoria criteria (page 451): https://psicovalero.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/dsm-v-manual-diagnc3b3stico-y-estadc3adstico-de-los-trastornos-mentales.pdf

APA’s definition of Transgender: https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/gender-dysphoria/what-is-gender-dysphoria

NCTE’s definition of transgender: http://www.transequality.org/issues/resources/frequently-asked-questions-about-transgender-people

GLAAD’s definition of transgender: https://www.glaad.org/transgender/transfaq

HRC’s definition of transgender: http://www.hrc.org/resources/transgender-faq#1

APA talking to Bockting: http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2015/11/psychology-transgender.aspx

APA’s statement on changing from disorder to dysphoria: https://www.psychiatry.org/File%20Library/Psychiatrists/Practice/DSM/APA_DSM-5-Gender-Dysphoria.pdf

APA’s What is mental illness? https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/what-is-mental-illness

NHS saying that Gender Dysphoria is not a mental illness: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/gender-dysphoria/Pages/Introduction.aspx

National Transgender Discrimination Survey: http://endtransdiscrimination.org/report.html

Being Transgender Is Not a Mental Disorder: http://time.com/4424589/being-transgender-is-not-a-mental-disorder-study/

Being transgender isn’t a mental illness: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-transgender-mental-illness-20160628-snap-story.html

WHO to change classification of trans identity in ICD-11: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-transgender-mental-illness-classification-20160729-story.html

Where Transgender Is No Longer a Diagnosis: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/where-transgender-is-no-longer-a-diagnosis/

Studies showing that transitioning is an effective treatment for Gender Dysphoria: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1158136006000491 and https://www.erudit.org/fr/revues/ss/2013-v59-n1-ss0746/1017478ar/ and http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2265.2009.03625.x/abstract and https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22145968

Lancet Psychiatry study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/articles/27474250/

Study on suicide/depression rates for trans people with un/supportive parents: http://transpulseproject.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Impacts-of-Strong-Parental-Support-for-Trans-Youth-vFINAL.pdf and https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-015-1867-2

Transitioning is effective: http://genderanalysis.net/2015/09/paul-mchugh-is-wrong-transitioning-is-effective-gender-analysis-10/

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