Diagnostic And Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders Essay

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Introduction
With an increase of individuals coming out and identifying as being transgendered it is an amazing movement for our society. We are now more aware and accepting that it is normal and a beautiful way of life. Although, it is becoming more acceptable there are still many challenges and stigmas that the trans community face everyday such as, terminology, etiology, barriers in health care and mental health risks. It is our responsibility as nurses to be aware of all aspects in regards to this group of individuals to provide the best care possible.

The DSM
“Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) is the standard classification of mental disorders used by mental health professionals in the United States. It is intended to be used in all clinical settings by clinicians of different theoretical orientations. It can be used by mental health and other health professionals, including psychiatrists and other physicians, psychologists, social workers, nurses, occupational and rehabilitation therapists, and counsellors. DSM-5 can also be used for research in clinical and community populations. It is also a necessary tool for collecting and communicating accurate public-health statistics.”(2015) There have been many changes to the DSM with new research and understanding in regards to this complex group of individuals. “On December 1, 2012 the board of the APA approved changing the diagnosis of GID to that of gender dysphoria in the DSM-5,…

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