Gender Dysphoria or GID (Gender Identity Disorder) is a condition of feeling one’s emotional and psychological identity as male or female to be opposite to one’s biological sex that one is not the gender that appears to be. The discomfort with one’s own assigned sex that results in significant distress or impairment. One desire to live as members of the opposite sex often dress and act like one them. Like for an instance; physically a male, but would like to feel and act like a female.
People with gender identity disorder may act and present themselves as members of the opposite sex. There are people who cross-dress others who wants to have sex-change surgery. The cause of this disorder is unknown but it may be because of the hormones in the womb, maybe because of the genes, and one biggest factor is the environment such as parenting. Symptoms may vary by age and affected by the personal social environment. Here are some symptoms define by age;
Children may experience this:
- Rejected by their peers, or they feel alone
- Believing that they will grow up to become their opposite sex
- Depression or Anxiety
- Disgusted by their own genitals
- Want to be their opposite sex
Adults may have these symptoms too:
- Dress like their opposite sex
- Feel alone
- Depression or anxiety
- Want to live as a person of the opposite sex
- Wish to be rid of their own genitals
The condition also affects self-concept and self-esteem and the choice of sexual partners. Other with Gender Identity Crisis may suffer from depression and may lead to suicidal feelings. The disturbance causes clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
Seek Professional Help: Someone who is suffering from Gender Dysphoria ought to seek professional help and advice. And perhaps the crucial factor is support from family or friends. Patient education and family counseling is also recommended to be made aware of the steps to be taken to cope with unpleasant situations.