Homosexuality – A Mental Illness? See What The American Psychiatric Association Once Said About It!

 

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) originally categorized homosexuality as a mental illness. First, they called it a sociopathic personality disturbance, then a sexual deviation. It was blamed on internal defects and external pathogenic agents including intrauterine hormone exposure, excessive mothering, inadequate fathering, sexual abuse, and other hypothetical causes. One psychiatrist claimed to have no bias but said, “Homosexuals are essentially disagreeable people, regardless of their pleasant or unpleasant outward manner … [their] shell is a mixture of superciliousness, fake aggression, and whimpering. Like all psychic masochists, they are subservient when confronted with a stronger person, merciless when in power, unscrupulous about trampling on a weaker person.” Wow! If that’s unbiased, what would a biased psychiatrist say?
Sigmund Freud was wrong about many things, but he got it right when he said homosexuality was not an illness and would not respond to treatment. Disregarding Freud, most psychoanalysts continued to believe it was pathological and treatable.
Gradually, research in sexology, including the Kinsey reports, revealed that homosexuality was far more common in the general population than was generally believed. Cross-cultural and animal studies revealed that homosexuality was widespread and normal. Same-sex behavior has been documented in over 450 species of animals, from bats to bedbugs. In fact, Petter Bøckman said, “No species has been found in which homosexual behaviour has not been shown to exist, with the exception of species that never have sex at all … .” And there have been many human cultures where more than two genders are recognized.
The APA followed the emerging scientific evidence. Eventually, in 1973, the diagnosis of homosexuality was removed from the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM III).

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