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Draft of DSM-V released

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has released the first draft of the diagnostic criteria for the fifth edition of APA’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V).

The DSM is the standard reference used by professionals to diagnose gender identity issues.

There are a number of significant changes in the gender identity sections. Most prominently, it is proposed that

the name gender identity disorder (GID) be replaced by “Gender Incongruence” (GI) because the latter is a descriptive term that better reflects the core of the problem: an incongruence between, on the one hand, what identity one experiences and/or expresses and, on the other hand, how one is expected to live based on one’s assigned gender

Comments on the draft are invited via the DSM-V website until April 20, 2010.