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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: eclaire4186
2005-06-19 03:56 am (UTC)
Well, when I took psych, we talked about "normal" as the ability to function within society. For example, a guy with obsessive compulsive disorder is not normal because he cannot function in society. His preoccupation with his particular obsession is all he can focus on, so he cannot go to work or have positive relationship with other people. So from that perspective, homosexuality cant be considered anything abnormal, because it doesn't prevent you from functioning or living a productive life in society. Its simply another character trait, not a hindrance to life.
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[User Picture]From: orange_murse
2005-06-20 05:15 am (UTC)
And u are absolutely right!
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