What is it?

Gender dysphoria, formerly gender identity disorder, is a discomfort or distress occurring in people whose gender identity differes from their sex and physical charachteristics. Those who may feel that way are transgenders and gender-nonconforming people.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Gender identity disorder

Signs & symptoms

Gender dysphoria symptoms may include a marked difference between one’s inner gender identity and primary or secondary sex charachteristics, or anticipated secondary sex characteristics in young adolescents. A strong desire to get rid of primary or secondary sex charachteristics, a desire to be of the other gender, or to be treated as the other gender. These feelings cause significant distress or impairment in daily function.


Gender dysphoria is diagnosed in a conversation with mental health professionals, if the person meets the criteria of the DSM-5 manual of mental disorders.


Treatment of gender dysphoria is individualized, and might or might not include change in gender expressions or body modifications. Medical therapy may include hormone therapy and surgery. Psychotherapy and group therapy may be of great help.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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