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Gender dysphoria

What is Gender Dysphoria?

This page is for those who are questioning their gender and for cis people who want to understand more about trans experiences. The following definitions are from TransMediaWatch (http://www.transmediawatch.org.uk/tmw/pages/tmw202.asp)

Gender dysphoria

“Gender dysphoria is an underlying and incessant disquiet or anxiety centred on the understanding that who you are is not reflected by the gender of your body. Gender dysphoria exists in at range of intensities from the mild and intermittent, to the permanent, demanding and disabling.”

Gender identity disorder/GID

“Another term for gender dysphoria. Widely disliked by trans people as the word ‘disorder’ marginalises and pathologises rather than simply recognises difference. (It is better to use) ‘gender dysphoria’, or – more accurately still – ‘gender incongruence’.

Transsexual people identify, and often live, as the opposite (binary) gender to the one that was assigned to them at birth. Transsexual people may seek treatment to help align their physical sex with their gender.

GID is acknowledged by the medical profession as a serious and genuine condition. Currently it is officially viewed as a psychiatric condition that responds well to treatment with hormones and surgery, although many doctors hold a similar view to trans people: that the problem is in the body, rather than in the brain; that it is physical sex that causes the dissonance, not gender identity.

Some links about gender dysphoria

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/gender-dysphoria/Pages/Introduction.aspx

http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/pdf/Standards%20of%20Care%20Draft%20v8%203b%20final.pdf