Kinky Is Not a Diagnosis

24 02 2010

Hi, sorry for taking last week off.  I was with my girl, and frankly got busy with doing things with her. That said, the NCSF has basically declared victory in their efforts to have Lifestyle activities removed from the DSM – V.

For those not familiar with the DSM (the Diagnostics and Statistical Manual), this is the book that the head doctors use when trying to figure out what sort of crazy you are.

Most important, it’s used by doctors to define what’s normal and what’s not. It was the DSM that officially declared homosexuality a mental disorder, and then in 1973 officially undeclared it. It’s defined an ever-expanding range of phobias and addictions that we’re still arguing about, but this time demands for more transparency aim to crack open the window on DSM deliberations, so interested parties can weigh in before they are enshrined, because once they are, the FDA approves drugs to treat them, and any further debate is drowned out in the flood of direct-to-consumer ads. [Link]

The NCSF says:

In the proposals for the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual (DSM-V), alternative sexual behavior has been depathologized. NCSF applauds the American Psychiatric Association’s Paraphilias Subworkgroup’s revisions which state that you can be a fetishist, transvestite, sadist or masochist without having a mental disorder. More work needs to be done but this is an important first step!

Finally. I knew I wasn’t that crazy.

MV

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28 02 2010
Shay

I’m glad you added the ‘that’ 😉

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