ICD-11 and Gender Incongruence: Language is Important

ICD-11 and Gender Incongruence: Language is Important Arch Sex Behav (2017) 46:2515–2516 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508-016-0936-7 COMMENTARY ON WINTER ET AL. (2016) Charles Moser Received: 26 December 2016 / Accepted: 28 December 2016 / Published online: 6 January 2017 Springer Science+Business Media New York 2017 The World Health Organization (WHO) publishes the Interna- I had proposed genderdysphoria as the new diagnostic label tional Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems previously (see Moser, 2008). The concept of ‘‘gender dys- (ICD),whichcurrentlyisbeingrevised.TheICD-11isscheduled phoria’’satisfies the attributes enumerated above and has the forcompletionin2018andthecurrentBetadraftversionisposted advantage that itcanberesolved. The DSM-5 gender dysphoria on the Internet to elicit commentary (WHO, 2016). diagnosticcriteria,unfortunately,donotsatisfythoseattributes. Winter, De Cuypere, Green, Kane, and Knudson (2016)dis- After treatment (i.e., hormones, surgery, and/or support) an cuss whether to include a diagnosis of gender incongruence of individual’sgenderdysphoriacandissipate.Atthatpoint,itisno childhood in ICD-11 because these children‘‘do not require longer necessary (or helpful) to label these individuals with that ‘medical’ treatment’’(Zucker, 2016, p. 1877). Strictly speaking, mental disorder. The DSM-5 does not allow forthe resolution of adults with gender incongruence do not always require medical gender dysphoria specifically, although there is a posttransition treatment either. Some adults manage their gender dysphoria specifiertojustify‘‘continuingtreatmentproceduresthatserveto with dress, living in the desired role, and sheer force of will. support the new gender http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Sexual Behavior Springer Journals

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