gender dysphoria


Definition of gender dysphoria

: a distressed state arising from conflict between a person's gender identity and the sex the person has or was identified as having at birth also : a condition marked by such distress

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Recent Examples on the Web The psychologist diagnosed McKinney with persistent depressive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, gender dysphoria and substance use disorder, particularly regarding Xanax. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "STEM shooting suspect low-to-medium risk of violence, good candidate for juvenile facility, psychologist says," 25 Nov. 2019 Once the child starts to experience puberty, transgender health experts recommend a puberty blocker, as experiencing puberty when suffering from gender dysphoria can be traumatic for trans and gender-nonconforming youth. NBC News, "Bitter Texas custody battle fuels political and public debate about trans youth," 25 Oct. 2019 She was diagnosed with gender dysphoria four years ago but has experienced it since childhood, according to the suit., "In rare lawsuit, Oregon transgender woman sues insurance companies to pay for facial surgery," 30 July 2019 Boys with gender dysphoria responded more like typical females, who have a stronger response to these sounds. Francine Russo, Scientific American, "Is There Something Unique about the Transgender Brain?," 1 Jan. 2016 Kelly Krause also had to contend with the emotional turmoil of gender dysphoria — resolving the inner conflict when a person's gender identity differs from their gender assigned at birth. John Schmid, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Abolishing 'normal' and 'abnormal': How the long-marginalized autism community is becoming a bellwether of social change," 24 Oct. 2019 Even children with gender dysphoria have demonstrated inverted patterns of color preference. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Do Girls Really Prefer Pink? There's No Hard-Wired Reason for Girls to Choose Pink Over Blue," 28 Oct. 2019 Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), for instance, is widely overdiagnosed, while other disorders, such as gender dysphoria (formerly gender-identity disorder), can be significantly influenced by social contagion. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "The Uses and Abuses of the Term ‘Mental Illness’," 26 Sep. 2019 Not everyone with gender dysphoria wants or needs surgery for treatment, or meets the strict medical requirements to be recommended for surgery. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Prison officials who denied surgery to a transgender inmate are immune from damages in her lawsuit," 20 Aug. 2019

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1973, in the meaning defined above

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“Gender dysphoria.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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Medical Definition of gender dysphoria

: a distressed state arising from conflict between a person's gender identity and the sex the person has or was identified as having at birth A significant incongruence between gender identity and physical phenotype is known as gender identity disorder; the experience of this state, termed gender dysphoria, is a source of chronic suffering.— Louis J. Gooren, The New England Journal of Medicine, 31 Mar. 2011 also : a psychological disorder marked by such distress Scientists have no conclusive explanation for what causes some people to feel dissonance between their gender identity and aspects of their anatomy. In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association updated its manual, replacing the term "gender identity disorder," with one that is less stigmatizing, "gender dysphoria." The New York Times, 4 May 2015

Note: Gender dysphoria is typically manifested by a rejection of traditional gender roles and by a desire to live as a member of the opposite sex.

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