Skip to comments.American Psychiatric Association Reclassifies Pedophilia, Backtracks
Posted on 11/02/2013 6:08:10 PM PDT by markomalley
The American Psychiatric Associations (APA) decision to once again reclassify pedophilia has led to further concerns that the professional organization is attempting to legitimize the disorder, paving the way for its defense and the recommendation of removal of age-of-consent laws.
In a press release Friday, Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit organization that promotes the causes of religious liberty, the sanctity of human life, and the family observed that in its newly published Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), APA changed the classification of pedophilia from a disorder to a sexual orientation, but, following the public outcry, APA released a statement that it was a mistake.
APA, Liberty Counsel noted, now states sexual orientation is an error and should read instead, sexual interest.
On Thursday, APA released a statement regarding what it referred to as a text error in DSM-5:
In the case of pedophilic disorder, the diagnostic criteria essentially remained the same as in DSM-IV-TR. Only the disorder name was changed from pedophilia to pedophilic disorder to maintain consistency with the chapters other disorder listings.
Sexual orientation is not a term used in the diagnostic criteria for pedophilic disorder and its use in the DSM-5 text discussion is an error and should read sexual interest. In fact, APA considers pedophilic disorder a paraphilia, not a sexual orientation. This error will be corrected in the electronic version of DSM-5 and the next printing of the manual.
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What they just admitted is that their discipline is not a science.
These are the sick freaks who suddenly decided homosexuality was not a mental disorder (except that it is....)
Oh, and hang every single pedophile. Next comes their advocates.
They threw another dart and got a different result.
It’s just one more step in the progression.
Just because you rename something doesn’t mean it changes. APA is such a joke. So is the entire field, may I say.
Chesterton (and Dale Ahlquist) sums it up nicely: “The worst part of this legacy (of Freud) (ie, the rise of the counseling industry and psychological therapy) is that it has replaced the confessional. Instead of finding forgiveness for our sins, we get the most amazing psycho-babble, which explains that our sins are not sins, and whatever it was we did, it wasn’t our fault.... In the end, we become less responsible for our sinful actions even while we long for a forgiveness that never comes.’
Well stated, I think.
Who didn’t see this coming after the national massive push for homo “marriage”?
If I was queen for a day, I would abolish and ban psychiatry as sorcery and enabler of evil. So there.
The whole damn world is turning into a pornographic freak show!
Spot on. This is a good thing. As they destroy their reputation and show themselves to be anti-science, their political decision to “normalize” homosexuality in the DSM gets further airplay. They’re undermining their own cause.
Have you listened to this?
It tells the story, quite frankly, but from a pro-homosexual viewpoint, of how the APA DSM was changed. It’s a great listen or read (transcript), but the best thing about it is it’s from the progressive people’s radio of Chicago WBEZ. I love sharing it with liberals.
Mistake = Trial Balloon - which got shot down. There will be another.
your right, I was just going to say the same thing...perverts diagnostic perverts. I remember when they changed the catagory for homosexuals.
I was waiting for someone to use “sexual orientation” as a defense for child porn and/or child molestation.
Sexual orientation - there’s a man made term which opens the door for anything.
Don’t think for a minute the push won’t be on to make sex with children just another “orientation”.
I’m old enough to remember when they first started legitimizing homosexuality. I remember thinking, “Not a chance. People will NEVER accept this as being normal.”
How wrong I was.
There is VERY little I agree with scientologists on, but here is one thing we both agree on: APA (and “psychology” in general) are of Satan.
Muslims need their 8 year old brides, you know.
>> Sexual orientation - theres a man made term which opens the door for anything.
Yep, and most particularly the *back* door. If you know what I mean (and I think you do).
AMA backed down from female circumcision, too. In 2010.
The MEDICAL professionals considered and, at one point, approved this.
Hazzara boys R US, here we come.
Psychiatry? It might as well be phrenology.
This is the same trick they pulled with the obvious mental derangement that is homosexuality in the 70’s. In that many AMA leaders were in the closet and were blackmailed into declaring abnormal as normal.
“admitted is that their discipline is not a science.”
From pseudo-science to political activism. Marx said every facet of life must be politicized, which is one reason they can’t co-exist with Christianity or Judaism.
Yes, and when they voted, it was mid-summer and many regular members were out of town.
The fascist and eugenicist powers that be have been on this curve since long before Kinsey published his bogus data. I'm reading Judith Reisman's book on this now, and it was a far uglier situation than even I had contemplated. As far as I am concerned, she picked the wrong target. Kinsey was a pawn of the Rockefeller Foundation. If he hadn't been there they would have found some other sadomasochistic homosexual pedophile to redefine what constitutes "normal" human sexual behavior.
There's nothing quite like advocating a policy that increases your customer base. What other medical profession could get away with pushing policies that make their customers sick? /rhetorical question
Despite what are often the best of intentions, it's happened.
The real problem is our legal addiction to top-down control systems, from state licensure to college accreditation. We simply must get back to bottom-up control mechanics, with competing accrediting bodies insured for the consequences of issuing defective commendations unknowingly and criminal penalties for doing so knowingly. In any field in which there is uncertainty, single point control systems simply have to end.
My DrO NEVER joined this unconscionable organization.
Imagine how absurd this would be in any legitimate scientific field.
“We took a vote and decided that arsenic is no longer poisonous.”
“We took a vote and decided to change hydrogen from one proton to two.”
“We took a vote and decided to reduce the gravitational force.”
“We took a vote and decided to round off pi to just 3.”
My secret society has decided through a democratic vote of course that planet Earth is flat as a pancake, give or take a few bubbles here and there!
The debate as to the legitimacy of psychology being a science is taught in psych class. The interesting thing about psychology is that it tries to study traits, but defining traits and measuring them is a problem. From a text: “For our purposes, a psychological trait only exists as a construct—an informed, scientific concept developed or constructed to describe or explain behavior. We can’t see, hear, or touch constructs, but we can infer their existence from overt behavior. In this context, overt behavior refers to an observable action or the product of an observable action...”
As soon as I read that I realized that psychologists are much like Christians in that Christians, or those who believe in the Biblical God, cannot prove He exists but can study Him through constructs. It also seems that we were made in His image—with a negative correlation.
Cohen, R. J., Swerklik, M. L., & Sturman, E. (2013). Psychological testing and assessment : an introduction to tests and measurement (8th ed.). New York: The McGraw Hill.
“We simply must get back to bottom-up control mechanics, with competing accrediting bodies insured for the consequences of issuing defective commendations unknowingly and criminal penalties for doing so knowingly. In any field in which there is uncertainty, single point control systems simply have to end.”
So, Mr. Luther? When and where do we nail the new theses to the APA’s door?
If a person’s sense of God consists merely of mental constructs then that “construct” can get in the way of the actual image of Christ the Holy Spirit is trying to form in the individual. A poorly constructed “God construct”, self imposed and maintained becomes an idol, or a false image of who God is. The Bible does spell out the character traits that are exhibited by those operating healthily as a Christian, within the image of Christ so ordered directly by the Spirit himself. People will make mistakes and still sin, but confession and forgiveness restore balance to that individual as he continues to mature thru-out his life.
Christianity opens itself to psychological proof, hence Paul’s statement...”the outer man perishes and the inner man is renewed day by day.” Studies show that very religious Christian people(in the aggregate), the ones who cite a personal relationship with Christ, tend to have happier marriages, longer lives, deal with illness more effectively and deal with death(loved ones or their own imminent deaths) more realistically. They are the first to help out in crisis where possible and are generous givers to charities even giving beyond what would be expected given their own relative states of wealth and poverty. These are practical ways that the effects of the Holy Spirit can be measured, despite claims of not being able to “see and measure” the Holy Spirit. You can’t “see” radio waves but we know what they do!
That is not exactly what happened.
By finding a State to dispense with licensure in favor of insurance and tort reform, thence to set up a competitor in the validation business.
BTW, what I am suggesting is analogous to what I propose to do with teacher certification in this article on education. Scroll down the the section entitled "WeTest."
They did something similar with rape (”paraphilic coercion”) by deciding it was not a mental disorder. The arguments were that it can be a crime punishable by imprisonment. But don’t use the psychiatric community to further punish the rapists. If the prison time is inadequate punishment, change the laws to allow longer sentences.
Ah, the dangers of not realizing who Jesus is because we have left out the Old Testament. Jesus is quite capable of creating another flood (but because there is a promise of it not occurring we are assured it will not because God cannot lie), of sending people to hell, of ruling with a rod of iron. When He was here He gave internal peace, the next time, international.
With so many Christians in service and being counselors, how did psychology become so pagan?
The reason I alluded to Martin Luther was because Huldah, with his quote that I copied, cited some of the same conditions that brought on the Protestant Reformation against the Catholic Church. Good people are going to just have to rebel, no matter what sorts of attempted public humiliations that may occur.
Decriminalization or legalizing pedaphilia is the “whites or their eyes” moment when liberal progressive government loses all moral and spiritual authority and the righteous will have all spiritual justification to proclaim,,”We ought not follow the unjust laws of men but rather the laws of God!”. A protest of the APA and their members may be considered a “Fort Sumpter” moment.
All Christian families should leave California(and any other severely progressive areas) now except for those Christians still specifically called to evangelize there...their children are much too important to risk the mind rape socialist perverts would like to do to them via the public schools and other institutions. Normalization Bias apathy must be broken thru now...for as the Bible states...”It is better to fall at the rock of Offence and be broken than to be crushed to pieces under it!
Things are “not normal” anymore, and won’t be until Jesus sets up his kingdom.
I am so called. So is one of my girls, now a resident adviser at Stanford. The other left for Utah, where she rolls her eyes at girls getting married in college with no idea of what they are doing. The divorce rate there shows it too.
I do suggest reading that part of the article.
and other states don't have public schools??
lol. She should start a lobbying group and a non-profit or something, isn't that what leftists do??
Call it The Give It Away For Free Coalition
Considering the divorce rate in Utah, do you think rolling one's eyes at the obvious cause is grounds for that comment?
It was no mistake. The APA held numerous meetings over the DSM-V because most practitioners do not agree with the APA’s extreme left-wing views.
The APA called the raping and sodomizing of a child a “sexual practice”.
Unfortunately, liberals are totally committed to the idea that “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again”.
While this is certainly a victory for family values, it isn’t permanent. This battle will be fought again and again until the left gets their way.