Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)

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Essay #: 068113
Total text length is 14,318 characters (approximately 9.9 pages).

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Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)
The term ‘sex’ describes a collection of biological traits, while ‘gender’ describes a social phenomenon. As such, gender is culturally specific. Many people’s behaviours in modern society – especially those of the
transgendered
community – challenge the strict gender binaries that connect feminine traits with female reproductive organs and male traits with male reproductive organs.
Manuals such as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) have been unresponsive to such changes. GID is a highly contested DSM designation and has been criticized by transsexual persons, researchers, and advocates for several reasons. There are essentially three differing...
The end:
.....edical discoveries, preferably in such a way that the unconventional are not
villified
, and those requiring psychiatric care are not misdiagnosed or neglected.
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