Gender dysphoria, also referred to as transgenderism, gender identity disorder (GID) or gender incongruence, is a condition where a person is distressed or uncomfortable as a result of a mismatch in the biological sex and the gender identity.
The mismatch between the person’s sex and gender identity is what results in the distress referred to as gender dysphoria. Treatment is sometimes appropriate, due to it being a recognized medical condition. However, it is not a mental illness.
To some people with gender incongruence, they are overcome by a strong and persistent desire to go live as by their gender identity as opposed to their biological sex. These people are commonly referred to as transsexuals or trans people.
Signs of Gender Dysphoria
The first signs pointing out that someone has gender dysphoria can appear while the person is very young. Such children are adamant to wear typical boys’ or girls’ clothes or may refuse to take part in games or activities popular to boys’ or girls’.
In most cases, this may be normal behavior which is part of growing up, and in due time, passes. However, for those with gender dysphoria, this continues on through childhood and right into adulthood.
For adults who have gender dysphoria, they feel as if they are trapped in a body which does not match their gender identity. These people may not be comfortable with conforming to societal expectations where they are expected to live in accordance to their anatomical sex instead of the gender they feel comfortable in. These adults also have a strong will to change or do away with any physical signs related to their biological sex such as shaving off facial hair or having their breasts surgically removed.
Treatment for Gender Dysphoria
When it comes to the treatment of gender dysphoria, it is dealt with the utmost speed. This is because it is recommended that the condition be treated fast following research findings which go to show that around 71% of people affected by gender dysphoria will develop other mental conditions later in life. This includes conditions such as depression, schizophrenia, mood disorders, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse as well as suicide attempts.
When treating gender dysphoria, the aim is usually not to change the feelings that the person has. Instead, treatment deals with the distress resulting from those feelings. So if you are someone you know is seeking counseling as it pertains to gender dysphoria - Lets Talk Counseling has Therapists online now ready to help. Therapists on this site offer video counseling sessions (that are confidential and HIPAA compliant) that can be done from the comfort and privacy of your home. All you need to do is click "Sign Up" on the upper right hand side of this page to begin the process.