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What happens when I don't feel at home with my gender?

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Feeling that your body does not reflect your true gender is called gender dysphoria. It can cause severe distress, anxiety, and depression. The discomfort with your male or female body can be so intense that it can interfere with every part of your life.

Gender dysphoria used to be called “gender identity disorder.” But the mismatch between body and internal sense of gender is not a mental illness. Instead, what need to be addressed are the stress, anxiety, and depression that go along with it.

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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