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What are the symptoms and diagnosis of gender dysphoria in children who don't feel at home with their gender?

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To be diagnosed with gender dysphoria, a person has to have symptoms that last for at least 6 months. In children, signs may include:

  • Consistently saying they are really a girl even though they have the physical traits of a boy, or vice versa
  • Strongly preferring friends of the sex with which they identify
  • Rejecting the clothes, toys, and games typical for boys or girls
  • Refusing to pee in the way -- standing or sitting -- that other boys or girls typically do
  • Saying they want to get rid of their genitals and have the genitals of their true sex
  • Believing that even though they have the physical traits of a girl they will grow up to be a man, or vice versa
  • Having extreme distress about the body changes that happen during puberty

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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