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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Gender Dysphoria (Overview)

Gender dysphoria, according to the DSM V, is described as emotional distress from "a marked incongruence between one's experienced/expressed gender and assigned gender of at least 6 months duration", plus a combination of other specific symptoms. Gender dysphoria was once referred to as Gender Identity Disorder.


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What is gender dysphoria?

What is gender dysphoria?

A Big Mismatch: Gender dysphoria is a psychological term refering to the distress & unhappiness felt by individuals whose gender as assigned when they were born does not match the gender they identify as - that is, the gender they feel themselves to be. The american psychiatric association defines gd as emotional distress over “a marked incongruence between one’s experienced/expressed gender and assigned gender.”. ...Read more

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Dr. Ana Adelstein
37 doctors shared insights

Gender Dysphoria (Overview)

Gender dysphoria, according to the DSM V, is described as emotional distress from "a marked incongruence between one's experienced/expressed gender and assigned gender of at least 6 months duration", plus a combination of other specific symptoms. Gender dysphoria was once referred to as Gender Identity Disorder.


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Can Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) increase gender dysphoria symptoms?

Can Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) increase gender dysphoria symptoms?

Gender dysphoria is: A marked incongruence between one’s experienced / expressed gender and assigned gender (dsm-5). Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) may have general mood effects in either/both a positive/negative direction in an individual but no specific impact on the gender issue itself. Seek appropriate help for any distressing symptoms you experience. Speak with your prescriber about Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) concerns. Best regards for relief. ...Read more

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Is there any treatment for gender dysphoria? I'm 18 years old. Would it be safe to go for SRS?

Is there any treatment for gender dysphoria? I'm 18 years old. Would it be safe to go for SRS?

Guidance, Advocacy: Strongly suggest contacting a psychologist who has training & experience working w/ ppl w/ gender dysphoria -esp. a member of WPATH (wpath.org), the organization that sets standards of care 4 trans* & gender non-conforming persons. Psychologist can help u figure out how 2live your life in a way that feels right 4u. Also can help inform u abt medical treatments available 2u & can help u acess them! ...Read more

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What is gender dysphoria?

A Big Mismatch: Gender dysphoria is a psychological term refering to the distress & unhappiness felt by individuals whose gender as assigned when they were born does not match the gender they identify as - that is, the gender they feel themselves to be. The american psychiatric association defines gd as emotional distress over “a marked incongruence between one’s experienced/expressed gender and assigned gender.”. ...Read more

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Gender dysphoria, what to do?

Gender dysphoria, what to do?

Gender Dysphoria: Greetings! The best thing to do is to speak to a mental health care provider like a psychiatrist or psychologist. They can offer counseling to help you work through your feelings. I hope this helps, Dr.M ...Read more

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Gender dysphoria, what to do now?

Gender dysphoria, what to do now?

Talk, Seek Support: American Psychiatric Assn defines "Gender Dysphoria" as sustained emotional distress over “a marked incongruence between one’s experienced/expressed gender & assigned gender.” To learn more, u might want to start w/ resources here: http://bit.ly/1soVs1w U might esp find these. helpful: a) an online support network -like tgboards.com ; b) talking to a trans*-competent mental health professional. ...Read more

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How can I deal with gender dysphoria before I can transition?

How can I deal with gender dysphoria before I can transition?

Talk, Seek Support: American Psychiatric Assn defines "Gender Dysphoria" as sustained emotional distress over “a marked incongruence between one’s experienced/expressed gender & assigned gender.” To learn more, u might want to start w/ resources here: http://bit.ly/1soVs1w U might esp find these. helpful: a) an online support network -like tgboards.com ; b) talking to a trans*-competent mental health professional. ...Read more

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My boyfriend just told me he has gender dysphoria. What can I do?

Talk Much, Ask Q's: Having a truly intimate relationship wi/someone requires us 2 make ourselves vulnerable 2 them. (i once read:"intimacy="into-me-see.") ur partner has shared critical info u need 4 making free decisions 4 urself. To honor urself/ur partner/ ur relationship: a) talk much w/ur partner, w/others u love & w/ a therapist/gender specialist; 2) ask many questions; 3) get informed (see http://bit.Ly/132zj. ...Read more

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My boyfriend just told me he has gender dysphoria.. I have no idea how to help him. What are some resources we have?

Talk Much, Ask Q's: Having a truly intimate relationship wi/someone requires us 2 make ourselves vulnerable 2 them. (i once read:"intimacy="into-me-see.") ur partner has shared critical info u need 4 making free decisions 4 urself. To honor urself/ur partner/ ur relationship: a) talk much w/ur partner, w/others u love & w/ a therapist/gender specialist; 2) ask many questions; 3) get informed (see http://bit.Ly/132zj. ...Read more

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What will my doctor do or say about that i might have gender dysphoria?

Hard to predict: We would like to think that physicians and other health professionals would be open-minded and non-judgmental in terms of their patients' medical or psychological conditions. Unfortunately, these caregivers may share their own personal biases and disapproval with you. Pcp's are not likely to address gender dysphoria issues, and referral to a mental health professional would be appropropriate. ...Read more

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Is there any treatment for gender dysphoria? I'm 18 years old. Would it be safe to go for SRS?

Guidance, Advocacy: Strongly suggest contacting a psychologist who has training & experience working w/ ppl w/ gender dysphoria -esp. a member of WPATH (wpath.org), the organization that sets standards of care 4 trans* & gender non-conforming persons. Psychologist can help u figure out how 2live your life in a way that feels right 4u. Also can help inform u abt medical treatments available 2u & can help u acess them! ...Read more

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I have gender dysphoria and major anxiety issues , how and where can I find immediate treatment for this in gainesville georgia ? Also no insurance

I have gender dysphoria and major anxiety issues , how and where can I find immediate treatment for this in gainesville georgia ? Also no insurance

"Someone Cares" ATL: Suggest U contact Someone Cares, an Atlanta-based organization: http://www.someonecaresatl.org/#!programs---services/cee5 They have services 4 trans* -identified persons & they do some outreach outside of Atlanta. But if U cannot find help in Gainesville & could travel 2 ATL, feel free 2 call The Highland Psych Collaborative. My colleague, Mick Rehrig (clinical social worker), may be able 2 help. ...Read more

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Is there any test that can be done at home to confirm Gender Dysphoria? I'm having it for 10 years. But my parents think it's in my mind.

Is there any test that can be done at home to confirm Gender Dysphoria? I'm having it for 10 years. But my parents think it's in my mind.

WPATH Referral: Find a trans*competent mental health professional - a psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker, licensed professional counselor, etc. The World Professional Association for Transgender Health has a a provider referral service here: http://www.wpath.org/site_page.cfm?pk_association_webpage_menu=1414 ...Read more

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Should i go have a mental evaluation if i might have gender dysphoria? Can i get the hormones from my general doctor?

Should i go have a mental evaluation if i might have gender dysphoria? Can i get the hormones from my general doctor?

Trans-competent Docs: It sounds like you could use some guidance & education. You'll be more likely to get what you want & need if you become a very well-informed advocate for yourself. Try connecting w/transyouth family allies (http://www.Imatyfa.Org) &/or gender spectrum (http://www.Genderspectrum.Org). And if you have any supportive family members &/or friends, consider getting them involved in your mission! ...Read more

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At 20yo, I've suffered gender dysphoria my entire life. What steps do I need to take to get a hysterectomy for my dysphoria regarding menstruation?

At 20yo, I've suffered gender dysphoria my entire life. What steps do I need to take to get a hysterectomy for my dysphoria regarding menstruation?

WPATH SOC 7: Read the Standards of Care (7th Ed) published by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health which you can find here at www.wpath.org Surgeons following the SOC require 2 letters from trans*-competent mental health professionals documenting your dysphoria & suitability for the surgery. ...Read more

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Can Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) increase gender dysphoria symptoms?

Gender dysphoria is: A marked incongruence between one’s experienced / expressed gender and assigned gender (dsm-5). Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) may have general mood effects in either/both a positive/negative direction in an individual but no specific impact on the gender issue itself. Seek appropriate help for any distressing symptoms you experience. Speak with your prescriber about Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) concerns. Best regards for relief. ...Read more

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Where/how can I get a voluntary partial penectomy, on the basis of life-long gender and body dysphoria?

Where/how can I get a voluntary partial penectomy, on the basis of life-long gender and body dysphoria?

Gender specialist...: ...Can help guide u. Consult w/ a psychologist or psychiatrist who has knowledge/expertise working w/persons experiencing gender dysphoria/body dysphoria - esp. A clinician member of the world professional association for transgender health (wpath.Org). See current wpath medical/mental health standards of care. Surgeon should require specialist's certification that u'd be making informed decision. ...Read more

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How do you treat dysphoria?

Pleasant Events: Dysphoria can be related to many things. It is important to try to establish whether there is an underlying medical or biological cause. But absent that, pleasant events is one of the best ways to help overcome dysphoria. Also, developing and engaging in meaningful relationships can help as well. ...Read more

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What medications can be used in dysphoria?

What medications can be used in dysphoria?

Any Antidepressant: Dysphoria is a mild depression that has lasted for at least two years. You can treat that with any depression medicine but would consider therapy as well to address the life/environmental changes needed to heal and release the sadness for good. You deserve to be happy. Good luck ! ...Read more

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What is dysphoria and what can bring it on?

What is dysphoria and what can bring it on?

Sadness: "dysphoria" is sadness or feeling depressed. We use it differently than the word "depression." the latter is a formal diagnosis ; requires certain criteria be met. Whereas dysphoria is more of a symptom, descriptive of how someone feels. In other words, you cannot have depression without dysphoric, but you can be dysphoric without having depression. What can bring it on? Too much to list. ...Read more

Dysphoria (Definition)

"bums you out." It's the opposite of Euphoria, which is a "high" or anything that causes elation. Dysphoria, in a more clinical sense, usually is associated with depression, as in sadness, negative ...Read more