Ego-dystonic Sexual Orientation - Diagnosis


Ego-dystonic sexual orientation
Classification and external resources
ICD-10 F66.1

When the WHO removed the diagnosis of homosexuality as a mental disorder in ICD-10, it included the diagnosis of ego-dystonic sexual orientation under "Psychological and behavioural disorders associated with sexual development and orientation". The WHO's ICD.10 diagnoses Ego-dystonic sexual orientation thus:

The gender identity or sexual preference (heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, or prepubertal) is not in doubt, but the individual wishes it were different because of associated psychological and behavioural disorders, and may seek treatment in order to change it. (F66.1)

The WHO notes that for codes under F66: "Sexual orientation by itself is not to be regarded as a disorder."

This is often a result of unfavorable and intolerant attitudes of the society or a conflict between sexual urges and religious belief systems.

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