May 29, 2013 at 4:00 pm EST | by Staff reports
‘Gender identity disorder’ removed from manual
DSM, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, gay news, Washington Blade

An older version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Photo by Richard Masoner via Wikimedia Commons)

SAN DIEGO — The term “gender identity disorder” has been removed from the new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders released over the weekend of May 18, San Diego LGBT Weekly reported citing CNN.

The manual includes criteria used by mental health professionals to diagnose patients and is used by insurance companies and schools for coverage and provisions needed by those with mental disorders. This is the first time the manual has been revised since 1994, the article said.

In the new edition, the term “gender identity disorder,” which some mental health specialists and LGBT activists considered stigmatizing, was replaced with “gender dysphoria,” which focuses only on those who feel distressed by their gender identity.

Homosexuality was removed from the manual in 1973.

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