Tag Archives: APA

Psychiatric Org Tells Members: Don’t Call Trump Crazy

The Hill reports: Don’t call presidential candidates mentally ill, the American Psychiatric Association told its members this week. Following a bad week for Donald Trump, in which he insulted a Gold Star family and declined to endorse Speaker Paul Ryan before doing it anyway on Friday, many have started to question whether Trump has a personality disorder. Called the Goldwater …

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Psychiatrist Robert Spitzer Dies At 83, Led Drive To Declassify Homosexuality As Mental Illness

The man who convinced the APA to stop classifying homosexuality as a mental illness died on Friday at the age of 83. Via the Washington Post: In the tumult of the 1960s, psychiatry found itself under siege. Critics said the field lacked scientific standards — failing to help many truly troubled people while medicating or institutionalizing others who suffered from …

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VIRGINIA: 13 States + DC File Amicus Brief In Support Of Marriage Plaintiffs

The following states and Washington DC have filed a collective amicus brief with the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal in support of Virginia’s marriage equality plaintiffs: Massachusetts, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington. Equality Case Files has the full brief. Money quote: As in other cases raising constitutional challenges to …

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Gay Man Appointed Head Of APA

In move that will surely inflame the religious right, the American Psychiatric Association has appointed an openly gay man as its new CEO. Dr. Saul Levin, who last year became the first openly gay head of the D.C. Department of Health, was named on May 15 as the new chief executive officer and medical director of the American Psychiatric Association. …

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50 More Prop 8 Briefs Filed

Another 50 Supreme Court briefs have been filed in support of the overturn of Proposition 8.  Many of the briefs have multiple sponsors, so I’ll just pull out a few of the names from the list compiled by the press office of San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera. National Women’s Law Center Williams Institute Gay & Lesbian Medical Association Lambda …

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Erik Rush: Obama Wants Christians Declared Insane And Put In Asylums

“In the former Soviet Union and other totalitarian states, one of the pretexts often used to do away with political dissidents and those otherwise deemed to be threats to national security was to label them as mentally ill and ship them off to an asylum. Sometimes they returned; often they did not, but they were out of the way for …

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APA To Change Transgender Term In Coming Edition Of Diagnostic Manual

The American Psychiatric Association will change an offensive term regarding transgender people in its upcoming revision of their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The term “gender identity disorder”, for children and adults who strongly believe they were born the wrong gender, is being replaced with “gender dysphoria” to remove the stigma attached to the word “disorder”. Supporters equated …

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AFA: Whoops, We’re Big Fat Liars

Without apology, the American Family Association has rescinded its ridiculous lie that the APA was considering “normalizing” pedophilia. This move follows a JMG post denouncing this lie and numerous JMG reader emails to the APA demanding action. However Matt Barber’s press release on this nonsense has also been picked up by virtually every wingnut outlet, including World Net Daily, Townhall …

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Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

Clip description: “It’s been a busy week, with an incredibly offensive anti-gay brief coming out of Congress. But a surprise announcement from the American Psychological Association could put a stop to such briefs in the future. Time’s running out before North Carolina votes on banning civil unions, a tribe in Washington state votes unanimously to recognize LGBT marriage, and a …

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APA Endorses Gay Marriage

The largest association of psychologists in the world has issued an endorsement of same-sex marriage. The policymaking body of the American Psychological Association (APA) unanimously approved the resolution 157-0 on the eve of the group’s annual convention, which opens here today. The group, with more than 154,000 members, has long supported full equal rights for gays, based on social science …

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APA: Ex-Gay Therapy Doesn’t Work

Citing 83 studies performed since 1960, yesterday the American Psychological Association declared that “reparative therapy” for homosexuals does not work and should not be attempted. But you knew that. In a resolution adopted by the APA’s governing council, and in an accompanying report, the association issued its most comprehensive repudiation of “reparative therapy” — a concept espoused by a small …

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