GENDER DYSPHORIA

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What is gender dysphoria?

People whose gender at birth is contrary to the one they identify with (APP, 2013). Some may feel they were suppose to be born a different gender, but can not figure out how to cope correctly. There are no physical symptoms for this disorder but there are many feelings and behaviours that you may feel need to addressed.

Common Symptoms That Were Retrieved From WebMD (2014), You May Be Faced With Include:

  • insisting that they are of the opposite sex
  • disliking or refusing to wear clothes that are typically worn by their sex and wanting to wear clothes that are typically worn by the opposite sex
  • disliking or refusing to take part in activities and games that are typically meant for their sex, and wanting to take part in activities and games that are typically meant for the opposite sex
  • disliking or refusing to pass urine as other members of their biological sex usually do, for example a boy may want to sit down to pass urine and a girl may want to stand up
  • insisting or hoping that their genitals will change, for example a boy may want to be rid of his penis, and a girl may want to grow a penis
  • feeling extreme distress at the physical changes of puberty

Causes and Treatment Options for this diagnosis include:

Common Myths about Gender Dysphoria

Most myths are untrue but create problems for those with the disorder and loved ones around them.

The following myths were retrieved from TransOrg, 2014.

  • Are transsexuals really gay? Although, to a certain extent, there is some overlap between gender identity and sexual orientation, they are completely different concepts.
  • Is transsexualism a mental illness? Transsexualism is not a mental illness, although the symptoms related to gender dysphoria can predispose the individual to develop more serious emotional and mental health problems.
  • Can psychotherapy cure transsexualism? The current accepted and effective treatments for transsexualism include hormone therapy and gender reassignment surgery.
  • Is transsexualism a lifestyle choice? Transsexuals do not choose to be transsexuals, just as noone can decide their own gender.
  • Is transsexualism very rare? Transsexualism is much more common than people think. Male to female transsexuals (MTF) generally outnumber female to male transsexuals.

References

American Psychiatric Publishing. (2014). Gender Dysphoria. Retrieved from http://www.dsm5.org/Documents/Gender%20Dysphoria%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf


Madal, A. (2014). News Medical. Causes of Gender Dysphoria. Retrieved from http://www.news-medical.net/health/Causes-of-Gender-Dysphoria.aspx


TransOrg. (2014). Common Questions & Myths. Retrieved from https://www.livingwithatransgender.com/common-questions-myths/


WebMD. (2014). Gender Dysphoria. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.boots.com/mental-health/tc/gender-dysphoria-treating-gender-dysphoria