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What are the symptoms and diagnosis of teens and adults 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 teens and adults, signs may include:

  • Certainty that their true gender is not aligned with their body.
  • Disgust with their genitals. They may avoid showering, changing clothes, or having sex in order to avoid seeing or touching their genitals.
  • Strong desire to be rid of their genitals and other sex traits.

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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