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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Here is what four people have to say about our experiences with gender dysphoria. Chella Man, Teen Vogue, "What It’s Like to Be Trans and Live With Gender Dysphoria," 21 Sep. 2018 Through her struggles Buchleiter had feared that her faith was not big enough to handle the turmoil of her gender dysphoria. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "'Life-changing surgery': IU Health gender affirmation program one of few in Midwest," 9 June 2018 Kallas argued no binding legal precedent requires that inmates' gender dysphoria must be treated promptly. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Transgender inmate can sue over denial of hormone treatment, U.S. Appeals Court rules," 11 July 2018 The controversial bill, which has been criticized by the LGBTQ community and advocacy groups, focuses on the rights a parent has, as the bill says, in knowing whether or not their child is experiencing gender dysphoria. Jennifer Calfas, Time, "An Ohio Bill Would Force Teachers and Doctors to Out Transgender Children," 4 July 2018 Leading medical organizations in the United States agree that gender-affirming care are the most effective treatment for gender dysphoria. Emanuella Grinberg, CNN, "What is medically necessary treatment for gender-affirming health care?," 31 May 2018 The parents opposed hormone treatment for the child’s gender dysphoria while the grandparents supported it. Laura A. Bischoff, ajc, "Ohio lawmakers back bill requiring teachers to out transgender students," 30 June 2018 And so the movement to assign a trans identity to children who exhibit gender dysphoria has some great benefits, in relieving acute psychic pressure, but also inevitably, has some drawbacks. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "If We Want to End the Border Crisis, It’s Time to Give Trump His Wall," 22 June 2018 The American Psychiatric Association has also removed homosexuality from its own diagnosis database, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, but still includes gender dysphoria. Sarah Klein,, "Being Transgender Was Considered a Mental Illness by the World Health Organization—But That's Finally Changing," 20 June 2018

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1973, in the meaning defined above

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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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