NO. If it’s still in the DSM, it’s STILL CLASSIFIED AS A MENTAL DISORDER. They just changed the freakin’ wording.
i think removing the word “disorder” takes a lot of the stigma. this isn’t the be all, end all. i hope for a world in which trans* and GNC folks can access the resources we need without medicalization and diagnoses but for some folks having gender dysphoria listed in the DSM provides a pathway to accessing care and treatment (albeit without cissexism, of course).
gender dysphoria is language that i see more consistently used by trans folks
and gender identity disorder is real for some folks but it’s much better that people stake claim to that for themselves, not by the medical community.
there’s a long way to go.
Next step: get this out of the DSM.
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Okay, not to be an asshole but I’d like to point something out. Trans* youth need counseling. Not because there’s anything wrong with being trans* but because they’ve got a lot going on, are probably dealing with a lot of bullying, and most likely need a professional who can help guide them through the roughest times. Being a teen isn’t easy and I doubt that hating your own body helps things.
If you have insurance it will at least partially pay for counselling. But speaking from personal experience if they don’t have a diagnosis for you after a year the insurance will stop paying for it. In all honesty keeping it in the DSM really just helps these teens have access to a safe place where they can talk about everything they’re dealing with.