Sexual Orientation Change Efforts ( Soce ) Therapy Or Conversion Therapy

1105 Words Dec 6th, 2016 5 Pages
Before 1973, homosexuality was treated as a mental disorder, a developmental adaptation, or a disease by mental health professionals. Various forms of sexual orientation change efforts(SOCE) therapy or conversion therapy, including "electric shocks," would be used to treat or cure the disorder. However, in 1973, homosexuality was declassified as a disease by the American Psychiatric Association and removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders(Vider). Nonetheless, although homosexuality isn 't considered a disease anymore, the treatment, SOCE therapy, is still in full effect today.Now this is a perfectly fine fact for consenting adults who wish to engage in unnecessary psychoanalytic treatment, yet should a child be forced or be able to willingly go into treatment for a disease that doesn 't exist? Furthermore, many reports of harm and abuse have come from those who have undergone the treatment, as adults or as minors. With its rejection by many major professional health organizations, its reports of harm from those who have undergone the treatment, and its ethical violations, SOCE therapy should be banned from being practiced on minors or those under the age of 18.
Numerous professional medical and health organizations have released statements rejecting SOCE therapy and suggesting therapists find alternative treatments. The American Psychological Association released a statement that suggests people should "avoid sexual orientation change…

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