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Should gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth be seen as having mental illnesses?

  • I would say yes

    I say this not out of hatred for those who happen to be sexually deviant. Rather, I say this from a purely scientific standpoint.

    Let me first start by discussing another mental illness; schizophrenia. It is caused by both environmental and genetic factors, ranging from substance abuse to malnutrition while in the womb. We classify it as a mental illness because the person with schizophrenia sees, hears, and does things that 'normal' people do not.

    ADHD is another mental illness, which is caused yet again by both genetic and environmental factors. We classify ADHD as a mental illness due to those afflicted with it behaving differently than 'normal' people. Millions of people are diagnosed with ADHD, yet it is still recognized as a mental illness.

    Now, we have homosexuality. Homosexuality is simply sexual deviance. There is evidence showing that homosexuality is, again, influenced both by genetics and by environment. Individuals afflicted with homosexuality are attracted to members of the same sex, and have desires and feelings that 'normal' people do not have. So, what makes homosexuality different from ADHD and schizophrenia? All three are caused by both genetic and environmental factors. All three are mental illnesses because they cause different symptoms that cause those afflicted with them to deviate from the 'normal' person. This applies to all sexual deviants, be they transexuals, bisexuals, etc.

    Irrespective of how 'bad' the term sounds, by definition homosexuality is a mental illness.

  • Yes for biological reasoning

    There is two sets of laws in which we live in this world and everything has no choice to follow it. Failure to do so results in death. First one is physics. You don't jump out of a airplane without a parachute. Pretty obvious we must obey the laws of physics. Second one is the laws of biology. Plant life, living organisms, humans and animals. Must obey biology. Again failure to do so results in death. We require water. Failure to drink will kill us. This community fails on the biological laws because they cannot re-procreate naturally. They cannot survive beyond the present. (excluding medical inventions in the last century). But that is a anomaly not a biological solution to the question. This community fails in biological survival and fails to utilize biological tools that are programmed by DNA. Sperm and Egg for example. Therefore it should be seen and treated as a mental illness. Just like depression is.

  • It is definitely a mental illness

    Homosexuality is a mental illness, just as much as anorexia, depression, or ADHD. And just like anorexia, depression, and ADHD, it can be treated and overcome. Homosexuality endangers the human species as gay people will not reproduce. Just think, if everyone turned gay, we would live out the rest of our lives and then we'd all be dead. Everything humans have worked for... Gone. And why, because people didn't understand that penis goes in vagina. You don't see two male cats or two female dogs having sex with each other. Because they know they must continue to keep their species alive.

    You may think "Oh being gay is just part of who they are." Or" its just a sexual preference." But it is not. Being gay also effects the way they present themselves. You can tell a person is gay by the way they talk , walk, and dress. You can't identify a man who's sexual preference is thin over large women just by looking at him.

    That is why homosexuality is a mental illness.

  • Definately yes, for science

    Let's see, from a scientific standpoint.

    Gay and allies are a condition that cause abnormal behavior. It is not s choice, actually it is something that is decided before you are born. That fits the definition of a disease, illness, or disability. I'm speaking from a purely scientific stand point, as I believe science holds 90% of the answers.

  • It is Unnatural.

    Everyone who identifies as anything other than heterosexual is mentally ill and should be treated as such. Heterosexuality is the natural state of a person's mind. Homosexuality is of the Devil and is degrading to all parties involved. There is no mental or physical reason why a person should engage in homosexual behavior.

  • It is definitely a mental illness

    Homosexuality is a mental illness, just as much as anorexia, depression, or ADHD. And just like anorexia, depression, and ADHD, it can be treated and overcome. Homosexuality endangers the human species as gay people will not reproduce. Just think, if everyone turned gay, we would live out the rest of our lives and then we'd all be dead. Everything humans have worked for... Gone. And why, because people didn't understand that penis goes in vagina. You don't see two male cats or two female dogs having sex with each other. Because they know they must continue to keep their species alive.

    You may think "Oh being gay is just part of who they are." Or" its just a sexual preference." But it is not. Being gay also effects the way they present themselves. You can tell a person is gay by the way they talk , walk, and dress. You can't identify a man who's sexual preference is thin over large women just by looking at him.

    That is why homosexuality is a mental illness.

  • It is definitely a mental illness

    Homosexuality is a mental illness, just as much as anorexia, depression, or ADHD. And just like anorexia, depression, and ADHD, it can be treated and overcome. Homosexuality endangers the human species as gay people will not reproduce. Just think, if everyone turned gay, we would live out the rest of our lives and then we'd all be dead. Everything humans have worked for... Gone. And why, because people didn't understand that penis goes in vagina. You don't see two male cats or two female dogs having sex with each other. Because they know they must continue to keep their species alive.

    You may think "Oh being gay is just part of who they are." Or" its just a sexual preference." But it is not. Being gay also effects the way they present themselves. You can tell a person is gay by the way they talk , walk, and dress. You can't identify a man who's sexual preference is thin over large women just by looking at him.

    That is why homosexuality is a mental illness.

  • Never has been a mental illness

    Homosexuality is not a mental illness because everyone is human they are as well,if we have homosexuals here and there its fine. I'm guessing that 47% that said yes have been brought up in a really religious family or they just hate them because of who they chose to be. From 1973 people stopped calling it a mental illness and you want that back. I'm bisexual and I'm pretty sure that I look like heterosexual even they way I talked will make you think that I'm heterosexual, you can't always identify someone's sexuality just from the way they walk,talk and dress

  • Mental illnesses and sexuality are different things.

    This is basically the same as asking if being heterosexual/straight is considered a mental illness. Being gay does not affect people much. Actually, the thing that makes gay people act weirdly the most is probably society's views on homosexual people. They are probably afraid that they will be considered "different" if they decide to come out. If someone had a mental illness would you go and exclude them from things the way society excludes gay people? Or would you try and help them do regular things and act like someone who didn't have a mental illness? You can't exactly change someone's sexuality; it is like trying to change your eye colour. It is the way they were born, and they can't help that.

  • Ever since the mid-70's, it's been considered not a mental illness

    Here is an excerpt from the American Psychological Association:

    Q. Is homosexuality a mental disorder?
    A. No, lesbian, gay and bisexual orientations are not disorders. Research has found no inherent association between any of these sexual orientations and psychopathology. Both heterosexual behavior and homosexual behavior are normal aspects of human sexuality. Both have been documented in many different cultures and historical eras. Despite the persistence of stereotypes that portray lesbian, gay and bisexual people as disturbed, several decades of research and clinical experience have led all mainstream medical and mental health organizations in this country to conclude that these orientations represent normal forms of human experience. Lesbian, gay and bisexual relationships are normal forms of human bonding. Therefore, these mainstream organizations long ago abandoned classifications of homosexuality as a mental disorder".

    Source URL: http://www.apa.org/topics/lgbt/orientation.aspx

  • Love is Love

    No; I am a getting my master degree in physiology. In are society, people don't understand why a girl and a girl is kissing or vice versa. People think that's it's not "normal". We need to stand up for are rights. These people are are getting treated differently, and it is not okay! It is certainly not a MENTAL ILLNESS!

  • It is absurd to classify any social group as mentally ill

    First, by using the term mental illness for social groups, it takes away from the validity of the term for people that have serious mental illness. Second, how would this label be treated in health insurance. If you are gay, you then have to attend therapy to discuss your preference? It has already been proven that gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender are not mentally different. They should be supported to be themselves.

  • Sexuality is not a mental illness

    Mental illness is a broad term that is being used to lump in more and more groups. Conservatives want to label gays as mentally ill. Liberals want to label people who deny climate change as mentally ill. Mental illness is a true medical condition, not something that should be applied to a different political view, and certainly not something as natural and normal as variation in sexual attraction.

  • They can't help it.

    With all of the problems and confusion that children who are realizing they are LGBTQ have, they do not need to be told that they have a mental illness on top of it. These children should be reassured that they are normal and that they are loved and a part of the human race.

  • Of course not

    Being non-straight is not a mental illness--it is simply groups of people that some people have distaste for for being different. The DSMV(5) includes neither. It is hatred and ignorance who are our last opponents, and not science. . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Posted by: kbub
  • No They Should Not

    I do not believe it is fair to label these people as mentally ill. This is an archaic idea that no longer holds true in today's society. There is nothing wrong with youth who identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual. Transgener is a real medical diagnosis that a slim part of the population has to deal with on a daily basis. It doesn't indicate mental illness although dealing with society can cause mental issues for these people.


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