The World Health Organization Categorizes Being Transgender Under ‘Mental Illness’

Hannah Bleau

The left holds the opinions of experts in the highest regard, as long as those opinions advance their agenda.

Remember, that’s the first priority for liberals. Agenda, agenda, agenda.

When Dr. Paul R. McHugh, a former psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins– who’s studied transgenders for 40 years– concluded that it is a legitimate mental disorder, liberals ignored it.

“In fact, gender dysphoria—the official psychiatric term for feeling oneself to be of the opposite sex—belongs in the family of similarly disordered assumptions about the body, such as anorexia nervosa and body dysmorphic disorder,” McHugh said. “Its treatment should not be directed at the body as with surgery and hormones any more than one treats obesity-fearing anorexic patients with liposuction.”

“Transgendered men do not become women, nor do transgendered women become men,” he concluded. “All (including Bruce Jenner) become feminized men or masculinized women, counterfeits or impersonators of the sex with which they ‘identify.’ In that lies their problematic future.”

And when doctors at the American College of Pediatricians came out and advised against pressing gender ideology on children and labeled it a mental disorder, liberals buried their heads in the sand.

“A person’s belief that he or she is something they are not is, at best, a sign of confused thinking,” the physicians said. “When an otherwise healthy biological boy believes he is a girl, or an otherwise healthy biological girl believes she is a boy, an objective psychological problem exists that lies in the mind not the body, and it should be treated as such.”

I’m guessing the left will ignore this too.

Believe it or not, The World Health Organization lists being transgender in the chapter titled “Mental and Behavioral Disorders.”

The WHO publishes a standardized coding system used around the globe to classify medical conditions, for research purposes and health-care billing. In the document, being transgender is currently included in a section with kleptomania (the overwhelming impulse to steal), trichotillomania (the compulsion to pull out one’s own hair), and pedophilia (a preference for having sex with children).


Being transgender does not belong in that company, critics say, and they argue it is long past time for the world’s leading health body to drag the document — last revised in the 1980s — into the 21st century.

It doesn’t need to be modified. Gender dysphoria is absolutely a mental issue. The transgender population has a significantly higher suicide rate and all the symptoms that go along with mental illness. We don’t treat other mental issues by altering the physical body or encouraging those struggling to embrace and even relish in the disorder. I don’t know why this is a complicated concept. “Hey, I know you’re anorexic and think you’re obese, so let’s just give you lipo so you don’t have to worry anymore, mmmkay hun?” or “Hey– I know you have this incessant need to pull out out your own hair to the point of bleeding and baldness, but keep it up! Don’t let the haters keep you down. Completely NORMAL. You do you. Everyone else can get over it.”

That’s crazy. No one in their right mind would offer those solutions. Reassigning your gender and getting ACTUAL SURGERY to chop parts off and add parts on is kind of a big deal. You’d think we’d take that a bit more seriously.

The current edition, ICD-10, was revised in the 1980s, approved in 1990, and was put into general use in 1994.


In it, being transgender — the term “gender incongruence” is increasingly used — is listed in the chapter “Mental and Behavioral Disorders.”

Of course, a spokesman for WHO is bowing down to political correctness and swears that ICD-10 doesn’t explicitly list being transgender as a mental health problem.

“The conditions in that block are not mental diseases, and gender incongruence is not classified as a mental disease — although that block is located inside the chapter ‘Mental and Behavioural Disorders,’” Hartl wrote in an email.


An overhaul of the massive code catalog has been in the works for nearly a decade. But the task has taken much longer than anticipated. Originally set to be published in 2012, the release of ICD-11 was pushed back to 2015. Then 2017. The current plan is to bring out the new document in 2018.

Don’t you worry. “Being transgender” won’t be under the mental health section in the new document. ‘Cause it’s totally normal, you see.

When ICD-11 is published, being transgender will be listed in a different part of the document, potentially under conditions related to sexual health, said Drescher, who is a New York psychiatrist and a professor of psychiatry at New York Medical College. “So they’ll be diagnoses, but they won’t be mental disorder diagnoses.”

Alas, we have places like Norway, which want to make it so an individual can change his or her gender with the stroke of a pen. And places like Canada, which want to criminalize “anti-transgender” speech. Surely, that’ll include suggesting that it’s a mental illness.

This is where we’re headed. This is what “progress” looks like. The worst part of all? Those truly struggling with gender dysphoria aren’t getting the help they desperately need.