Gender, And, Or Gender Identity Disorder Essay

1145 Words Dec 16th, 2016 5 Pages
While misinformation on the subject abounds, Gender Dysphoria, or Gender Identity Disorder, as it was formally known, is important for us to understand and appreciate because once we are able to comprehend it, it can help us better understand how gender impacts all of us, and it will allow us treat people who have this condition with empathy and respect.

People who have gender dysphoria feel strongly that they are not the gender they physically appear to be. For example, a person who has a penis and all other male physical traits might feel instead that he is actually a female. That person would have an intense desire to have a female body and to be accepted by others as a female. Or, someone with the physical characteristics of a female would feel her true identity is male. Feeling that your body does not reflect your true gender can cause severe distress, anxiety, and depression. "Dysphoria" is defined as a state of unease or generalized dissatisfaction with life which can lead to anxiety, and restlessness. With gender dysphoria, the discomfort with your male or female body can be so intense that it can interfere with the way you function in normal life, whether at school, work or during social activities. Gender dysphoria used to be called “gender identity disorder.” , but the mismatch between body and internal sense of gender is not a mental illness. Instead, what needs to be addressed is the stress, anxiety, and depression that go along with it. The condition is also…

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