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What exactly is "gender confusion" and is it a sign of bipolar or borderline personality disorder?

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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 49 years experience
No: Tomboy girls and sensitive boys may have gender confusion. Bipolar and borderline personality disorders are separate and distinct disorders. "gender confusion" is not a psychological disorder. Gender identity and gender confusion in children are discussed in detail by experts in the ages and stages section of the aap's healthychildren.Org website. Check it out and get back to me.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Gender confusion: Gender confusion is when a person is not clear about his or her own gender -- gender identity d/o, a painful condition. These are people who feel strongly from childhood that they have been born into the wrong-gendered body. It is not a sign of borderline pd or bipolar disorder, although these other disorders can co-exist. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002495/.
Dr. Bassam Amawi
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Did U meant gender : Identity d/o? No it is not bad/o and not borderline personality d/o . It is a serious condition that require attention.
Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology 28 years experience
Gender ID/Expression: We live in a world of male vs female that forces us 2identify as one gender or "the" other and not both. Sometimes this doesn't work: the way we view ourselves doesn't always align w/ the sex we were assigned at birth based on external genitalia, sex chromosomes, etc. We also live in world that strongly pressures us 2conform 2 "accepted" ways of expressing our gender (eg, no dresses 4boys in usa).

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