WHO Moving Toward Declassifying Transgender Identity As A Mental Disorder.

The New York Times (7/26, A9, Belluck, Subscription Publication) reports, “The World Health Organization is moving toward declassifying transgender identity as a mental disorder in its global list of medical conditions.” This comes as “a new study lend[s] additional support to a proposal that would delete the decades-old designation.”

The Times adds that “in the fifth and most recent edition,” the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, “the designation was changed to ‘gender dysphoria,’ and was defined to apply to only those transgender people who are experiencing distress or dysfunction, said” psychiatrist Jack Drescher, MD, a “psychoanalyst at New York Medical College, who serves on the WHO working group and served on a similar working group for the DSM-5.”

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— “W.H.O. Weighs Dropping Transgender Identity From List of Mental Disorders,” PAM BELLUCK, New York Times, July 26, 2016.

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