Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

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The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, currently in its fifth edition, is a manual of psychiatric diagnosis. The Board of Trustees of the American Psychiatric Association makes decisions, subject to ratification or rejection by the general APA membership, on what disorders are to be included in it. The first edition, published in 1952, described 11 categories of mental disorders. Homosexuality was added in the DSM-II (1968), but this was removed in 1973.

Both the first edition of the DSM and its predecessor, the Statistical Manual, were somewhat undecided about classifying the sexual deviations as mental disorders. The perversions were considered as a kind of personality disturbance. The DSM-II introduced an explicit list of eight sexual deviations under the heading of "certain non-psychotic mental disorders" and divided the sexual deviations into three groups, depending on whether the sexual interests were directed toward objects other than people of the opposite sex, toward sexual acts not usually associated with coitus, or toward coitus performed in bizarre circumstances. The DSM-II unambiguously qualified homosexuality as a mental disorder.

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