Monday, March 31, 2014

DC 0-3/R Where Infants and Toddlers Meet "Mental Disorder"

DC 0-3 is the Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood 1994 and the DC 0-3R is the revised addition 2005.

The DC 0-3 came about as a result of various incarnations of the DSM including the tick box diagnosis of mental illness the DSM is notorious for. The DC 0-3 uses similar behavioural criteria to diagnose mental disorders from infants to children age three.

Some general info about the DC 0-3 and DC 0-3R:

"The first version, DC: 0-3, was published in 1994 to address the need for a systematic approach to the classification of disorders in the first few years of life".

"Revisions to the DC 0-3 were published in 2005 to account for the evolution of the classification system from the time when it was first published in 1994".

Like the DSM, the DC 0-3 grew in its classifications of mental disorders among infants and small children. Read that again. Given there is no organic criteria for mental disorders, no test that can tell if a brain is producing too much of one thing or not enough of another.
Add to that the pre-verbal state of infants and barely verbal ability of small children, then ask yourself how are clinicians diagnosing mental disorders in 0-3's when they cannot even legitimately diagnose them in adults! Where they are like adults? There are HUGE dividends to be made! Therefore mental disorders grew between the DC 0-3 (1994-2005) and DC 03R! More mental disorders equals more infants/children being diagnosed and more diagnosis equals more money!
Included in the 1994 edition of the DC 0-3:

Were this not so insane, and were we not living in the tightly wrapped/warped Gender Straight Jacket that diagnoses behaviours that deviate from the norm, this nonsense would be laughable. I hope there are lesbians reading this, and I hope you think of how you would feel in twenty years time as a newly out lesbian trying to find the yin to your yang when 99.9% of the yins have been transitioned as infants or toddlers!

Now lets take a quick look at a statement made in the DC 0-3R:
So between 1994 and 2005 it was A okay to diagnose/transition infants/children with GID, BUT in 2005 the board decided " no evidence for its meaningful classification in the early years."

 And YET the DSM 5 clinician team decided in 2013 to reinstate:
Undoubtedly the mega success of Trans Trending among (particularly) lesbian youth, reaching now pre-teen lesbians was enough encouragement for the DSM clinicians to take a new vote to reelect GID back into the DSM (5) under a not so pseudo pseudonym Gender Dysphoria. And yes, you did read that write, VOTED into the DSM:
Pathologising behaviour has been and remains the belly, bones and soul of psychiatry. Gays and particularly lesbians (because we're both female AND lesbian) historically/presently remain a prime targets in psychiatry's sites. But today, there are new weapons for gay/lesbian mass destruction, sniffing us out in our cribs so it can snuff us out before we can even form a complete sentence. Obliterating large portions of future gay/lesbian populations, while today gay men and lesbians busy themselves with the picking out of the right tux or wedding dress that they hope will garner them a seat at the table of hetero-patriarchy. But no seat exists when you were invited in the first place!



  1. Good presentation, Dirt. Gender Identity Disorder was dreamed up by the psychiatric establishment precisely as a response to gays' and lesbians' successful campaign to have homosexuality removed from the list of diagnoses. This is pure political psychiatry, in every way comparable to the Soviet psychiatrization of political dissidence. And make no mistake about it, gay people of both sexes have always been persecuted not principally for what we do with our genitals, but for gender non-conformity. Most of the words used to insult us - diesel, bull-dyke, fairy, nancy, pansy - reference this.

    The “diagnosis” of male mind in female body or vice versa now used for and by transsexuals was applied by the sexologists of the 19th and early 20th century in precisely the same way to homosexuals. Only femme queers and butch lesbians were held to be “true” homosexuals, their partners were “normals” fitting in with the others' “inversion”. Of course any kind of “femme on femme” or “butch on butch” sexuality, or one in which such terms had little application at all, escaped their frame of reference altogether. Ungendered sexuality seems to be beyond the imagination of psychiatrists, then as now.

    I enjoyed your earlier post about Monique Wittig, highlighting her often misunderstood statement that “lesbians are not women”. A great reminder that we will know no real liberation (is that an unfashionable word?) until we have rooted political and sociological gender out of our lives altogether. I think we have two feet on the mountain now, but as any alpinist will tell you, that's when the real danger (of sliding backwards and falling on your ass) sets in. We live in dismal times, when the forces of the backlash seem to have the upper hand, pushing us back down the mountain... but now, as a coastal dweller, I fear I have also lost the upper hand on this metaphor. I leave it to more mountain-savvy or more imaginative posters.

    Keep writing, and finding new things with which to delight and sometimes dismay us: our opponents' strongest weapon is our own ignorance.

  2. The DSM IV included gender identity disorder in children as a category. It may have been taken out of the DC, but it was never taken out of the DSM.

    I think there are two main things driving the modern tendency to label children as having gender dypshoria.

    The first is the media. People see a show about some boy who behaved in a "feminine" manner and who wanted to be a girl and think, maybe my kids is trans gender.

    The second is defining the belief that you are the other gender as an identity not an illness. This increases the chance that someone will believe their child is just made this way and needs to transition instead of looking at family therapy.

    There was at one point a theory that trans people were exposed to the hormones of the other sex before birth and that this had made them have opposite sex brains. Scientists don't seem to believe this anymore, but the idea lingers on the Internet and a lot of people run with it.

  3. @petre,

    great post!

  4. @Anonymous April 1, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    “There was at one point a theory that trans people were exposed to the hormones of the other sex before birth and that this had made them have opposite sex brains. Scientists don't seem to believe this anymore, but the idea lingers on the Internet and a lot of people run with it.”

    And before that, there was exactly the same theory, or rather speculation, about gay people. For once (Yay!!) I can speak with the authoritative (hem, hem) voice of experience. I was indeed overexposed to estrogen in the womb, and its effect on my dick, despite surgery, is there for all to see (well, not ALL, I hope, but you know what I mean). As a pro-feminist gay man, I can kind of see the attraction of concluding that the E also had an effect on my brain, so I can “think like a woman”. But on closer inspection, that's not so attractive after all: it would mean that the obviously valid and sound arguments of feminism are somehow only accessible to those of a certain hormonal composition or background (and yes, I DO know there are a few “essentialist” feminists who say just that).

    I can concede that having some hormone-caused physical peculiarities may induce you to think a bit more about gender issues and therefore read stuff, and with luck, learn something. But for any male individual, unlearning/refusing to learn to be a “man”, in the sociological sense, is a lifelong project, and no hormonal “fix”, in or beyond the womb, can really help much, still less take away our individual responsibility as human actors.

  5. This is really insane because we aren't allowed to look at the family dynamics at all. We have no way of knowing what is going on in the minds of the parents and what are their motives, beliefs, etc. For example, the mother of Coy Mathis, the six year old "transgender" boy, gave birth to her triplets in a kiddie pool in the living room. Coy was one of triplets. He and his two siblings were born in a kiddie pool in the living room. This was intentional and it's no secret. What mother gives birth to triplets in a kiddie pool in her living room?

    Some mothers of triplets have described Coy's mother as extremely attention seeking.

    "I "met" her online six years ago when she came to the Triplet Connection and made a huge ruckus because she was dead-set on homebirthing her "natural" triplets in a kiddie pool in her living room...

    She did actually successfully homebirth her natural children in her living room in a kiddie pool and she became a sensation in the Birthing Communities and Natural Parenting communities."

    Did the mother really order clomid from Mexico, and became pregnant using non-prescribed fertility drugs?

    This is how the mother describes her children.

    "I am a mom of 4 amazing, wonderful, awesome children (and one on the way!). Dakota is 5 1/2 years old and has Autism. Coy, Max, and Lily are 3 1/2 year old triplets. Coy is our special little neuro-typical child. Max is also on the Autism spectrum. Lily had a very bad brain injury as a 4 month old and is about like having a 1-2 month old baby, but is so much fun (and feisty!). I work full time at home as Lily’s nurse as well as being a professional photographer outside the home. "

  6. If people want a short history of psychiatry's brutal past, this is a good video. Dunking people in water and lobotomies are a few of the former "cures". Psychiatry has always been primarily about control of people who don't fit neatly into society.

    History of Psychiatry

  7. @April 2, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    I remember reading over on GenderTrender about the mother of Coy Mathis.

    Apparently she 'diagnosed' him as trans when he was an infant.

    It appeared that the loss of Lily as a 'fully functional' child, she basically sought a surrogate through Coy and has now made him trans so she has a little girl to play dress up with.

    This is all speculation from me (can't remember where the link to this stuff is) but I do distinctly recall someone linking to a quote from Coy's mothers saying that she knew he was trans from around 18months of age.

    Truly scary stuff. Coy's mother is deeply unhinged.

  8. Does anyone know of a link to the full DSM V description of gender dysphoria?

  9. I think Coy's situation has more to do with autism than an evil mother.

    Coy has a triplet who is autistic and an older sister who is autistic.

    Autism runs in families and is probably partly genetic.

    Autism is also associated with more difficult births. A home birth for triplets might very well have fallen into that category. I would be very concerned about the kids all getting enough oxygen during the birth.

    There is some sort of connection between autism and gender dysphoria. Most trans people are not autistic, but a higher percentage than normal have autism or Aspergers. In addition, among kids with autism, Aspergers, or ADHD, a higher percentage than normal had issues around their gender.

    So, Coy might have some autistic genes and this might play a role in the gender dysphoria.

    I don't think Coy's parents are blameless, though. Parading your trans kid around on TV talk shows is bad parenting. What if they are like the vast majority of trans kids and just want to keep their body and be gay when they grow up? Even if they want to transition, will they want everyone in the world to know about it?

    Parents also have a responsibility to respond to a kid with gender dysphoria a little more rationally. What if Coy just wanted a little attention in a family of special needs children?

    some links on autism:

  10. LOL. That paragraph "Girls with GID" fit me to a "T" when I was a kid; every single word of it. I felt and did everything on that list. Everything.

    I didn't have some type of disorder I just didn't like the thing about being a girl. I didn't even like the word girl. It didn't have anything to do with me or girls it had to do with how and what society expected of and treated girls. It's not a good deal at all and that needs to change.