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Week 2- Research, changes, and Practices
The progressions in the DSM has changed for homosexuality in the respect that it was once
thought to be a psychological instability. China, for example, still considers it a mental illness in
their most recent edition of the CCMD-3. In 1980, the DSM included PTSD, which was still up
for debate at the time. However, as is now known, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a
significant link in the process of healing from traumatic events.The changes in mental health
treatment for homosexuality are making it easier for people to accept themselves and recover
from any trauma they may have experienced from the outside world. As we learn more about the
larger impact that PTSD has on the brain, particularly at a young age, both the understanding of
PTSD and the assistance that is provided to those who suffer from it have evolved. Humane
clinical practices place a greater emphasis on individual assistance. Because we are treating these
patients with compassion and humane practices, I believe that the programmatic themes that
apply to this are social justice. As time has passed, I believe it has evolved into something more
Drescher, J. (2015a). Out of DSM: Depathologizing Homosexuality. Behavioral Sciences, 5(4),
Drescher, J. (2015b). Queer diagnoses revisited: The past and future of homosexuality and
gender diagnoses in DSM and ICD [Abstract]. International Review of Psychiatry, 27(5), 386–
Friedman, M. J. (n.d.). PTSD history and overview. PTSD: National Center for PTSD. U.S.
Department of Veterans Affairs.
https://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/treat/essentials/history_ptsd.asp#:~:text=In%201980%2 C
Humphreys, P. (2011, April). Psychopathologies: Paul Humphreys explores definitions and
diagnoses of ‘abnormality,’ from historical perspectives to the present day. Psychology Review,
16(4), 2+
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