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

Examples of gender dysphoria in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Before spending most of the latest episode blasting utility companies, Oliver focused on the new Alabama law banning certain medical treatments for minors with gender dysphoria. Ben Flanagan |, al, 16 May 2022 This treatment is designed for youngsters diagnosed with gender dysphoria who have been counseled with their families and are mature enough to understand what the regimen entails. NBC News, 22 Apr. 2022 When is the earliest a child can be diagnosed with gender dysphoria? Zoe Christen Jones, CBS News, 31 Mar. 2022 The World Professional Association for Transgender Health supports name and pronoun changes for those with gender dysphoria. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 19 Apr. 2022 Social transition is currently the most common treatment for gender dysphoria in children who have not gone through puberty, and is mostly focused on education and therapy. Zoe Christen Jones, CBS News, 31 Mar. 2022 Advocates for transgender rights said Texas was setting the stage for families to be investigated and torn apart for treating children with gender dysphoria. Erik Larson,, 11 Mar. 2022 The parents said their daughter was receiving medical treatment for gender dysphoria. Laura Kusisto And Elizabeth Findell, WSJ, 3 Mar. 2022 For children who have not reached puberty, mental health care is the primary form of treatment for gender dysphoria. al, 2 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of gender dysphoria

1973, in the meaning defined above

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19 May 2022

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“Gender dysphoria.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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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 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

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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