Why does it still exist?

Why does it still exist?

Eventhough, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) has taken a strong stance against conversion therapy, it still continues to be practiced today because of homophobia stemming from:

  • religious justifications
  • ignorance.

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The importance of knowing the truth

Knowing the dangers of conversion therapy is important.

If you are heterosexual & someone in your life is gay, then you should do your best to accept them for who they are because their sexuality does nothing to diminish their value as a person.

Do your part in educating people about the dangers of conversion therapy.

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What is conversion therapy?

Conversion therapy is a pseudoscientific practice that aims to change homosexual individuals into "normal" heterosexual members of society.

It assumes that homosexuality is:

  • A disease/mental illness
  • A voluntary behaviour
  • Morally wrong

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  1. Homosexuality is a natural extension of human sexuality, and thus does not need to be "cured" or changed.
  2. There is no evidence that conversion therapy is effective & actually changes a person's sexuality.
  3. Conversion therapy causes extreme psychological harm of the people who have to endure it.
  4. Conversion therapy may cause social harm by disseminating unscientific views about sexual orientation.

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Misconceptions About CBT

Cognitive behavioural therapy is an evidence-based treatment intervention for a range of psychological disorders, including common problems like anxiety and depression. 

But even though CBT is widespread, it’s still highly misunderstood—even by the professionals who practice it. Numerous myths still abound.

  1. CBT is a ‘one size fits all’ approach
  2. CBT is about positive thinking
  3. CBT doesn’t care about the past
  4. CBT only addresses symptoms not the person

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Gender dysphoria

Gender dysphoria is a feeling of distress that someone may experience because of a mismatch between their biological sex & gender identity.

This distress can further worsen when they get misgendered, stigmatised & isolated.

People with gender dysphoria commonly identify as transgender.

Treatment for gender dysphoria involves transitioning & therapy.

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What Is Gender Transitioning?

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What to Do When You Can’t Afford Therapy

Financial limitations shouldn’t prevent anyone from finding help.

Checking in with your insurance company, asking for sliding-scale or reduced fees, or enlisting the help of a psychologist in training are choices that could help you fit therapy into your budget.

And while some options (like apps, self-help books, or podcasts) may not be a substitute for regular sessions with a mental health professional, there’s a lot you can do to improve your mental health.

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