Gender Dysphoria: Diagnosis

If a young person has experienced acute distress or discomfort as a result of his or her assigned gender or accompanying gender roles for at least six months, he or she may have gender dysphoria. To be diagnosed with the disorder, a young person must have “feelings of incongruence” between his assigned gender and his experienced gender and a wish to be, and be treated as, the other gender. In addition, a young person must be distressed to the point of impaired ability to function at school, at home, or in social settings. In diagnosing gender dysphoria, a doctor will rule out a physical intersex or sexual development condition.