Gender dysphoria

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Gender dysphoria is a term used by psychologists and physicians. It describes people who strongly feel they are not the gender they were born with.[1] It used to be called "gender identity disorder." But it is not a mental illness.[1] It is a condition accompanied by stress, anxiety, and depression.[1] To be diagnosed with gender dysphoria now, patients must exhibit strong cross-gender feelings that persist over time.[2] It is not just a desire to change sex for some advantage they might think exists.[2]

Gender dysphoria may cause many to become socially isolated.[3] Boys especially may be ostracized which can lead to low self-esteem.[3] It often leads to avoiding or dropping out of school.[3] Feminine speech patterns and mannerisms are common in boys with gender dysphoria.[3] Adolescents in particular are at risk of suicide.[3]

The World Health Organization (WHO) has removed this condition from its list of disorders in 2019. [4]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 When You Don't Feel At Home With Your Gender. "". WebMD. Retrieved 14 January 2016. External link in |title= (help)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Psych Central Staff. "Gender Dysphoria Symptoms". Psych Central. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 "Gender Dysphoria". Psychology Today. Retrieved 14 January 2016.