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Denver, CO - A position statement opposing any psychiatric treatment such as "reparative" or "conversion" therapy designed to change a person's sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual was adopted by unanimous vote at the December meeting of the American Psychiatric Association Board of Trustees. The APA removed homosexuality as a mental disorder from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM in after reviewing evidence that revealed it did not fit necessary criterion to be categorized as a mental illness. There is, however, evidence that this type of therapy can be destructive.

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It may be the first U. Although psychiatrists declassified homosexuality as a disorder in and psychoanalysts came around nearly 20 years later, the APsaA says it is unaware of any related professional group that had apologized. Lee Jaffe, president of APsaA.

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Historical Roots of Psychopathology View all 10 Articles. Numerous controversies and debates have taken place throughout the history of psychopathology and its main classification systems with regards to sexual orientation and gender identity. These are still reflected on present reformulations of gender dysphoria in both the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual and the International Classification of Diseases, and in more or less subtle micro-aggressions experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans patients in mental health care.

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Such practices have been rejected by every mainstream medical and mental health organization for decades, but due to continuing discrimination and societal bias against LGBTQ people, some practitioners continue to conduct conversion therapy. Minors are especially vulnerable, and conversion therapy can lead to depression, anxiety, drug use, homelessness, and suicide. Seven of these state laws were enacted under Republican governors.

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Please take this quick survey to tell us about what happens after you publish a paper. Archives of Sexual Behavior. The participants were self-selected individuals males, 57 females who reported at least some minimal change from homosexual to heterosexual orientation that lasted at least 5 years.

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The semantics of the resolution and exactly how it differed from the association's previous position were challenged by reporters during a news conference at A. A headquarters. But association leaders insisted they had not given in to Aressure from homosexual groups and that the difference in position was indeed real, rather than imaginary despite the apparent vagueness of their resolution. Robert L.

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