Gender Dysphoria

Resources for Patients and Caregivers

Gender dysphoria: A concept designated in the DSM-5 as clinically significant distress or impairment related to a strong desire to be of another gender, which may include desire to change primary and/or secondary sex characteristics. Not all transgender or gender diverse people experience dysphoria.


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Wiki Number: 20-Gender Dysphoria
Diagnosis: Adjustment Disorder
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Symptoms: emotional distress over one’s assigned gender or sex
Progression: eating disorders, depression, isolation, suicide attempts
Medications: Hormones
Therapies: transitioning psychotherapy

Youtube Video: Gender Dysphoria

Amazon or Library Book: The Gender Identity Guide for Parents

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Resources for Physicians, Counselors and Researchers


The world-wide medical research
reports chosen for each diagnosis 

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PubMed article’s summary-abstract.

  • A case-control study on depression, anxiety, and belief in sexual myths in trans women
    by Betul Uyar on January 26, 2023

    CONCLUSION: The trans women who participated in this study had higher levels of anxiety and depression and lower levels of believing sexual myths than the control group. The mental health of trans women can be disrupted due to various treatments they are exposed to in society such as stigma, discrimination, and violence. Their higher anxiety and depression levels in this study could be explained by this exposure. This exposure could also have led to their lower total scores in the Sexual Myths...

  • Introduction to healthcare for transgender and gender-diverse people
    by Swati Jha on January 26, 2023

    This editorial provides a broad introduction to transgender health for transgender and gender-diverse people. Following a brief description of the history of transgender and gender-diverse people, the development of medical treatment is discussed, together with the use of appropriate terminology and language. The content largely draws attention to the guidance in the Standards of Care for the Health of Transgender and Gender Diverse People Version 8 developed by the World Professional...

  • Prevalence and Comorbidity of Gender Dysphoria in Taiwan, 2010-2019
    by Kuo-Yu Chao on January 24, 2023

    Gender dysphoria (GD) is a condition in which a person exhibits marked incongruence between their expressed or experienced gender and their sex assigned at birth. The last survey of individuals with GD in Taiwan was conducted approximately 10 years ago. In this study, we investigated the prevalence of GD in Taiwan within the last 10 years as well as comorbidities. A retrospective medical record review was performed for all patients in the database of the Health and Welfare Data Science Center...

  • "How Do I Exist in This Body…That's Outside of the Norm?" Trans and Nonbinary Experiences of Conformity, Coping, and Connection in Atypical Anorexia
    by Erin N Harrop on January 21, 2023

    Addressing eating disorders (EDs) within trans and nonbinary (TNB) populations is a growing concern, as TNB individuals are two to four times more likely to experience EDs than cisgender women. This study explored the lived experiences of TNB people with atypical anorexia by examining how gender identity impacted experiences of ED illness and (potential) recovery. Nine TNB adults with atypical anorexia were followed for one year and completed semi-structured, in-depth, longitudinal qualitative...