Gender Dysphoria: Diagnosis

Young people who have experienced acute distress or discomfort as a result of their assigned gender or accompanying gender roles for at least six months  may have gender dysphoria. To be diagnosed with the disorder, they must have “feelings of incongruence” between their assigned gender and their affirmed gender and a wish to be, and be treated as, the other gender. In addition, they 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.