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How do I know if a child who is not at home with their gender is just going through a phase?

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There is no way to know for sure if someone has gender dysphoria or if they’re going through a phase. Not all young children who don’t feel at home in their physical gender feel the same as teens or adults.

Let your child be who he or she is, and get help if you or your child needs it. Some young people and even adults may have mixed feelings about their physical gender. They often find it useful to talk with a counselor before or after taking steps to become who they feel they truly are.

If gender dysphoria continues past puberty, studies show that the young person will likely continue to feel that way. For people who feel long-term that their body does not match their internal sense of gender, it is not a choice. It is a burden they didn't choose, and they need professional and social support.

SOURCES:

Randi Kaufman, PsyD, clinical psychologist, The Gender & Family Project of The Ackerman Institute for the Family, New York.

American Psychiatric Association: "Gender Dysphoria."

Center of Excellence for Transgender Health.

National Health Service.

University of Maryland Medical Center.

 

 

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on September 09, 2016

SOURCES:

Randi Kaufman, PsyD, clinical psychologist, The Gender & Family Project of The Ackerman Institute for the Family, New York.

American Psychiatric Association: "Gender Dysphoria."

Center of Excellence for Transgender Health.

National Health Service.

University of Maryland Medical Center.

 

 

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on September 09, 2016

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