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Mental Disorder? [Jan. 29th, 2005|08:30 pm]


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Hello I'm new, i just joined. Anyways, i am currently working on a project about the APA's (American Psychiatric Association) removal of homosexuality as a mental disorder. Up until 1973, the reference book called the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders)listed homosexuality as a mental disorder. As a young gay male, this frightens me. What if we still lived in a world where homosexuals were considered mentally disturbed? i think we have definitely come a long way since then. Well anyways, i want to find out what some of u think about this. How do u think the removal of homosexuality as a mental disorder has changed the world? Or what do u think society would be like if it were not removed?
I was also reading this web site that is put on by the Traditional Living Coalition, and they ask, "Has psychiatry really proven that homosexual behavior is normal?" As i read this i automatically asked WHAT IS NORMAL??!!!! I DONT THINK ANYONE CAN ANSWER THAT!!! so anyways, id really like to hear what people think about these subjects.

[User Picture]From: pheonixrising13
2005-01-30 08:05 am (UTC)
Well, I think that although homosexually was removed from the list of mental disorders, there are still people who regard it that way and always will. That's not something that anyone can change for them.

But I do think it's good that society as a whole has gotten more educated on the issue. Such as work of psychologists to demonstrate that homosexuality seems to be prenatal rather than a choice, and studies on how having a gay parent doesn't affect a child's development.

I guess normal is what society defines it as. So if society accepts homosexuality, it'll become more "normal." Although I think we're getting there.
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[User Picture]From: orange_murse
2005-01-30 07:01 pm (UTC)
You bring up some good points. Thanx for ur input!
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