Wednesday, 20 May 2009

France removes transsexualism as a psychiatric disorder

In an historic decision, France has decided to declare that transsexualism is no longer a psychiatric disorder, becoming the first country to do so.

France did so in part because to continue to follow the World Health Organisation classification that transsexualism was a disorder was seen as stigmatising.

By contrast, the mental health Bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual 4th revised edition, or DSM IVR, classifies transsexualism, or gender dysphoria, as a psychiatric disorder.

For the original article, in French, click here.

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