Is 'gender dysphoria' a mental illness or is it completely natural?

  • Mental illness.
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  • Natural.
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  • It is a naturally occurring deviation from the norm.
    "Mental illness" doesn't really mean anything because anyone who knows something about history knows that the world has gone through many different periods of calling things differently and regarding it in different ways. Homosexuality was officially categorized as a mental illness until the late 1980s. Today we have a different view of it. On the other hand, wearing women's dresses as a man was considered absolutely normal through most of the middle ages. The middle ages are often depicted as a time of "tough guys" but the truth is that medieval people were in fact very open and tolerant towards different opinions of gender. Today, people are much more hostile towards transgenderism. So you see, this isn't a question that can be answered in black and white. It's relative to your culture and historical time (and many other factors).

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What Girls Said 2

  • Mental illness.

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  • Science is showing brain scans match those of the sex people say they are. So, it's mental in that the brain is involved. The brain and body "masculinization/feminization" is also shown to happen at distinctly different stages of fetal development.

    Gender seems to be more on a spectrum than bianary, though. I mean, Arnold Swartzenegger and Mick Jagger are both cisgendered "men."

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What Guys Said 5

  • I would call it a natural condition

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  • Mental illnesses are natural and who gets to decide what a mental illness is anyway...

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    • 1mo

      Psychologists?

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    • 1mo

      It's basically a value judgment based on cultural norms and societal practicalities. People with gender dysphoria aren't good or bad or sick, or whatever, they just are what they are.

    • 1mo

      There are other factors that go into deciding a disorder ( except personality disorders, which are what you said). For example, the APA says that gender dysphasia is defined by "clinically significant stress" over gender non-conformity- NOT the non-conformity itself. However, this is not the case with the ICD's definition.

  • Mental illnesses are naturally occurring. If you mean "normal", which is probably what you meant, obviously it isn't the norm.

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  • It's a completely naturally occurring mental illness

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  • Yes its an illness.

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