Gender Dysphoria

A DSM-V diagnosis which acknowledges that being trans or gender diverse in and of itself is not a mental illness, but that stress, depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions commonly associated with being trans or gender diverse are a result of the inability to express one’s authentic self.

  • Note: Dysphoria indicates a state of discomfort that can be alleviated. Therefore these associated mental health circumstances can be resolved through transition and expressing one’s gender identity in ways that are self-determined by the individual.
  • The term has been changed from ‘gender identity disorder’ to ‘gender dysphoria’ stemming from the need for a diagnostic term that would protect transgender persons with respect and access to care, and wouldn’t be used against them in social, occupational, or legal areas.
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