Although psychoanalytic theories of homosexuality once had considerable influence in psychiatry and in the larger culture, they were not subjected to rigorous empirical testing. By Tina Hesman Saey August 29, at pm. It is a natural orientation that some individuals are born with and it exists independently of other factors, such as sex addiction.
While I am very happy that I am no longer considered to be mentally ill because I am a lesbian, it always makes me wonder how many other people are tortured by mds because of misplaced belief that their differences are mental illness. I think pedophilia is babies and toddlers, and I wouldn't say that has ever been normal or okay in a culture.
Psychology of Sex. Social Psychology Quarterly. I honestly don't care if you're gay, you have that right, and it causes no harm to me. Submitted by Not You on March 24, - pm. Previously Viewed.
Being gay is not a disease, it just means that you love a person of the same gender as you. Human sexuality portal. The social, medical and legal approach to homosexuality ultimately led for its inclusion in the first and second publications of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual DSM.
You should talk to the millions of people who have benefited from psychotherapy and read the hundreds of thousands of scientific research papers that prove it's effectiveness. Once again, pseudoscience "animals display gay behavior! The new version of the ICD is scheduled to be released inand it will have been the longest WHO has gone without making revisions to the diagnostic book.
The book was first published in German, and a year later it was translated into English. Troy, you are very uniformed.
It is not a disease to be treated or cured, and it is not something that goes away with prayer and petition. Richard von Krafft-Ebing described it as a degenerative sickness in his Psychopathia Sexualis , but Sigmund Freud and Havelock Ellis both adopted more accepting stances.
This can include a person's social circle, where a person grew up, and things that may have happened in the womb. Carl H.