The American Psychological Association is embarking on the first review of its 10-year-old policy on counseling gays and lesbians, a step that gay-rights activists hope will end with a denunciation of any attempt by therapists to change sexual orientation. Such efforts ?often called reparative therapy or conversion therapy ?are considered futile and harmful by many gay-rights activists. Conservative groups defend the right to offer such treatment, and say people with their viewpoint have been excluded from the review panel.

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Should psychiatrists/psychologists be allowed to practice conversion therapy on homosexuals, even if the homosexual person wants the help?
The American Psychological Association is embarking on the first review of its 10-year-old policy on counseling gays and lesbians, a step that gay-rights activists hope will end with a denunciation of any attempt by therapists to change sexual orientation. Such efforts ?often called reparative therapy or conversion therapy ?are considered futile and harmful by many gay-rights activists. Conservative groups defend the right to offer such treatment, and say people with their viewpoint have been excluded from the review panel.

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14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 7/12/07 - 5:03:52 AM EST (GMT-5)
Well, if the person wants to try it then they should have some freedom to do so. Yes.
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 7/12/07 - 5:05:46 AM EST (GMT-5)
If by 'even' you mean 'only', sure.
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 7/12/07 - 5:17:31 AM EST (GMT-5)
If a homosexual thinks that they for some reason need to be 'helped' then yes someone should be allowed to help them.
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 7/23/07 - 6:14:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
No. Psychiatrists exist to cure real mental illnesses, not waste their time like this. Imagine if someone gave up heart surgery for cosmetic surgery to 'cure' people of being black? There is nothing to say that reversion therapy even works, let alone being a valuable use of a medical professional's time.
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 7/23/07 - 7:00:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
Sure they should be allowed, if people can get sex changes, plastic surgery, hormone therapy, why not let them have reverse homo therapy as well?
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 7/31/07 - 10:12:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 7/23/2007 6:14:24 PM anouleth wrote:
No. Psychiatrists exist to cure real mental illnesses, not waste their time like this. Imagine if someone gave up heart surgery for cosmetic surgery to 'cure' people of being black? There is nothing to say that reversion therapy even works, let alone being a valuable use of a medical professional's time.

there are MANY different roels a psychiatrist plays, not just to help menatl illnesses.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 7/31/07 - 10:41:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
So long as once the eventual denunciation is proclaimed a similiar therapy is offered to Conservatives who just cannot come to terms with the fact the homosexuality is not a choice, a condition nor an affliction. Perhaps they could be assisted in coming to terms with this and learn to live and let live.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 7/31/07 - 11:04:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
Reparitive therapy in the long term only creates self loathing and an empty wallet. It is unethical for real psychologists to perform it.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 7/31/07 - 11:12:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
Are there psychological studies that show the effectiveness of this therapy? If there isn't then it seems unethical
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Tuesday 7/31/07 - 11:56:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 7/31/2007 11:12:51 PM steve90 wrote:
Are there psychological studies that show the effectiveness of this therapy? If there isn't then it seems unethical

Having no studies showing effectiveness of the treatment isn't necessarily an indication of how ethical it is. AIDs treatments took many years before any effectiveness had been shown.

Sexual preference is probably determined by how one's brain is 'wired'--sounds like something that psychiatrists would be involved with...

14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Friday 8/10/07 - 5:08:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
Anyone, or any group, which thinks they have a right to PREVENT someone else from making a CHOICE about their own life, needs to be stopped...

In this case, the same gay rights groups want all research into pituatary issues quashed---ANY examination of the phenomena which does not ALIGN with their perspective MUST BE VERBOTTEN!

THAT should tell everyone who'se paying attention enough about where these people are coming from, and how valid their objections are.

Anyone who wants help, should be able to get it--if they are responsible for it.

NO ONE else should be in any position to say squat.

Next please.

14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Friday 8/10/07 - 5:24:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, of course. If the person is CHOOSING to get therapy to change his/her sexual orientation than that's his/her choice.
14 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Tuesday 9/25/07 - 10:28:43 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 8/10/2007 5:08:44 PM typeatme wrote:
Anyone, or any group, which thinks they have a right to PREVENT someone else from making a CHOICE about their own life, needs to be stopped...

So then, according to you the U.S government needs to be "stopped". Because they prevent people from "choosing" certain recreational drugs.

Adter all you did say any group that trys to stop someone from making a choice about their own lives...

14 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Tuesday 9/25/07 - 10:32:41 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 8/10/2007 5:08:44 PM typeatme wrote:
Anyone, or any group, which thinks they have a right to PREVENT someone else from making a CHOICE about their own life, needs to be stopped... In this case, the same gay rights groups want all research into pituatary issues quashed---ANY examination of the phenomena which does not ALIGN with their perspective MUST BE VERBOTTEN! THAT should tell everyone who'se paying attention enough about where these people are coming from, and how valid their objections are. Anyone who wants help, should be able to get it--if they are responsible for it. NO ONE else should be in any position to say squat. Next please.

Woah there cowboy.

You're just a little f*cking psychotic, don't you think?

And change your shirt, it's ugly and nobody else in your office likes it either.

14 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 10/25/07 - 12:35:27 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'm gay myself, I don't need help, I do not want help. I can say however that I know some guys that wouldn't mind if they could change it. If someone chooses to do something like this, it is there choice.

I just don't want studies coming from this "proving" that homosexuality is a mental illness because some of the people treated were "turned". If you go to be treated, you obviously want to change, and it doesn't prove much when you do.

I can just see a group of people pulling out "studies" like this to promote an anti-homosexual agenda.

14 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 10/25/07 - 12:47:43 AM EST (GMT-5)
If the person *wants* it, that's a hard call... But I do believe that conversion "therapy" is useless, and will only cause harm. It doesn't change the person's sexual orientation, it teaches them repression.
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Sunday 9/7/08 - 10:38:05 PM EST (GMT-5)
13 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Sunday 10/12/08 - 10:43:02 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yes.
13 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Sunday 10/12/08 - 11:30:18 AM EST (GMT-5)
The American Psychological Association has done studies on this type of therapy already and don't consider it to be in any way helpful in the long term. I'm not sure why and American psychologist should be allowed to do anything that goes against the findings of the greater scientific community. Who cares what the patient wants. People go into offices wanting things that aren't good for them all the time. The psychologist isn't just a wind-up monkey who should nod yes to an obviously ineffective treatment.
13 yrs ago - Sunday 4/26/09 - 3:45:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, homosexuality IS a disease. We can cure it.



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