(Salvo) [T]he logic based on which a person’s belief about himself is called delusional has been ignored by contemporary psychiatry when it comes to considering people who claim a different sexual identity from the one that their anatomy incontrovertibly demonstrates. According to a statement by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), an organization that considers itself “the voice and conscience of modern psychiatry,” “being transgender or gender variant implies no impairment in judgment.”2 Hence, according to the APA’s logic, a patient in a psychiatric institution who believes himself to be the hospital superintendent, acts (so far as he is able) like a superintendent, and wants to be addressed as such carries a diagnosis of schizophrenia, but a man who believes himself to be a woman, begins to wear make-up and dress like a woman, and consults a surgeon in order to be castrated is considered normal.
by Dr. Boris Vatel – Dr. Boris Vatel is a psychiatrist in Evansville, Indiana. He received his medical degree from University of Illinois College of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.
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