Please forward this error screen to dreamer. DSM until its reclassification as gender dysphoria in 2013, with the release of the DSM-5. The main psychiatric approaches to treatment for persons diagnosed with gender dysphoria are psychotherapy or supporting the individual’s preferred gender through hormone therapy, gender expression and role, or surgery. Symptoms of GD in children may include any of the following: disgust at their social Identity: Knowing Yourself, Leading Others (French) PDF genitalia, social isolation from their peers, anxiety, loneliness and depression.
Adults with GD are at increased risk for stress, isolation, anxiety, depression, poor self-esteem and suicide. Gender dysphoria in those assigned male at birth tends to follow one of two broad trajectories: early-onset or late-onset. Early-onset gender dysphoria is behaviorally visible in childhood. Sometimes, early-onset gender dysphorics identify as gay for a period of time. This group is usually attracted to men in adulthood. Late-onset gender dysphoria does not include visible signs in early childhood, but some report having wishes to be female in childhood that they did not report to others.
GID exists when a person suffers discontent due to gender identity, causing them emotional distress. Researchers disagree about the nature of distress and impairment in people with GID. The American Psychiatric Association permits a diagnosis of gender dysphoria if the criteria in the DSM-5 are met. In addition, the condition must be associated with clinically significant distress or impairment. The DSM-5 moved this diagnosis out of the sexual disorders category and into a category of its own. The diagnosis was renamed from gender identity disorder to gender dysphoria, after criticisms that the former term was stigmatizing. Subtyping by sexual orientation was deleted.
Significant revision of the ICD’s classification of gender identity-related conditions is expected in the forthcoming ICD-11. In addition, sexual maturation disorder has been removed, along with dual-role transvestism. Treatment for a person diagnosed with GID may include psychotherapy or to support the individual’s preferred gender through hormone therapy, gender expression and role, or surgery. Guidelines have been established to aid clinicians. The question of whether to counsel young children to be happy with their assigned sex, or to encourage them to continue to exhibit behaviors that do not match their assigned sex—or to explore a transsexual transition—is controversial.
Some clinicians report that a significant proportion of young children diagnosed with gender dysphoria later do not exhibit any dysphoria. Professionals who treat gender identity disorder in children have begun to refer and prescribe hormones, known as puberty blockers, to delay the onset of puberty until a child is believed to be old enough to make an informed decision on whether hormonal gender reassignment leading to surgical gender reassignment will be in that person’s best interest. Until the 1970s, psychotherapy was the primary treatment for gender dysphoria, and generally was directed to helping the person adjust to the gender of the physical characteristics present at birth. Psychotherapy is any therapeutic interaction that aims to treat a psychological problem.