Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 40, Issue 4, pp 655–657 | Cite as

Do Some Men Who Desire Sex Reassignment Have A Mental Disorder? Response to Lawrence (2011)

  • Heino F. L. Meyer-BahlburgEmail author
Letter to the Editor

It is always an intellectual pleasure to be challenged by Anne Lawrence, because of her thorough scrutiny of logic and data in the course of scientific arguments. Yet, the title of Lawrence’s (2011) comment here, “Do Some Men Who Desire Sex Reassignment Have A Mental Disorder?”, is misleading. Posed that way, the question yields trivial answers, because humans of almost any category include individuals with “a mental disorder,” provided the sample is large enough. As her comment shows, however, the question Lawrence really addresses is a different one, namely: “Is the desire for sex reassignment in some men to be understood as a mental disorder in terms of a particular classification system of psychiatric conditions?”

From a nosological perspective, “sex reassignment” is a treatment or management procedure, whereas psychiatric diagnosis classifies mental conditions; for the latter purpose, a procedural term is not appropriate nor is the term of a desire for such a procedure....


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.New York State Psychiatric Institute and Department of PsychiatryColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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