Top Ten Problems with the GID Diagnosis

July 16, 2008

Kelley Winters, the founder of GID Reform Advocates, has an interesting post over at the GID Reform Weblog about the problems with the Gender Identity Disorder diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). She asks the question:

How are overarching issues of psychiatric stigma and access to medical transition procedures related to specific flaws in the diagnostic criteria [2] and supporting text? The philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti said,

If we can really understand the problem, the answer will come out of it, because the answer is not separate from the problem. [3]

Kelley adds that, although the list is far from comprehensive, “it is perhaps a starting point for dialogue about how harm reduction of gender nomenclature might be possible in the DSM-V.”

Top Ten Problems with the GID Diagnosis

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