Conflicting Identities

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Conflicting Identities

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‘Gender Dysphoria’ is classified by The American Psychiatric Association as a mental disorder in its 2013 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5).  It was previously called Gender Identity Disorder, but was reclassified “to better align it with medical understanding of the condition and to remove the stigma associated with the term disorder.”

The DSM-5 describes gender dysphoria as involving “a conflict between a person’s physical or assigned gender and the gender with which he/she/they identify.”  It further states that “people with gender dysphoria may often experience significant distress … associated with this conflict between the way they feel and think of themselves … and their physical or assigned gender.”

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