How do psychologists decide what constitutes a mental illness?
If someone is less likely to produce offspring because they're asexual or homosexual or have a sexual orientation that makes it less likely for them to practice reproductive sex, does that mean they have a disorder?
Or is whether or not a person is "fit" in evolutionary terms irrelevant when it comes to diagnosing mental health?
- 9 years agoFavorite Answer
They haven't considered being gay or lesbian or bisexual or transgendered
or straight a disorder (And neither should they) since around 1980.
The way they classify mental illness is currently
a judgement call & by using the D.S.M. IV as a guide, & other factors
it is currently being rewritten and due
for replacement in around 2013 with the D.S.M. V
where many of the states we now call illness are being revised
and replaced with codes instead, to prevent the stigma often
experienced with being given a label by a doctor.
I don't think evolutionary terms are used, although when you look
at them there are many examples of all five ways of being in the animal society.
straight, gay, lesbian & bisexual & transgendered.
Mars Mission Soon In A Galaxy Near Yours..
& On cultural bias with regard to mental disorders.
And on the D.S.M. 5. / D.S.M. V.
Examples of different sexual orientation the animal kingdom.