Gender Dysphoria: The depressing Gender Identity Disorder

Gender Dysphoria: The depressing Gender Identity Disorder

Gender Dysphoria is a medical condition that causes ‘mismatch’ between a person’s biological sex and his/her sexual orientation. Commonly known as transgenderism, this gender incongruence leads to severe distress and discomfort. People troubled with gender identity disorder (GID) often ‘identifies’ themselves as the members of the opposite sex. This may affect their mannerisms, behaviour, dressing, and choice of sexual partners.

The specific factors that trigger this complex identity conflict are still unknown. However, it is anticipated that it may be a result of hormonal imbalance leading to improper development of biological sex, reproductive organs and genitals. Androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS) ─ a foetus’ insensitivity to the hormones in the womb ─ could be another reason. Rare medical conditions like congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) lead to production of high level of male hormones in a female foetus, affecting the appearance of the female child’s genitals and a deviation towards her own sex.

Gender Dysphoria

The specific factors that trigger this complex identity conflict are still unknown. However, it is anticipated that it may be a result of hormonal imbalance leading to improper development of biological sex, reproductive organs and genitals. Androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS) ─ a foetus’ insensitivity to the hormones in the womb ─ could be another reason. Rare medical conditions like congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) lead to production of high level of male hormones in a female foetus, affecting the appearance of the female child’s genitals and a deviation towards her own sex.

Gender dysphoria’s first signs are seen at an early stage of life. The uncomfortable feeling of being trapped in a body that doesn’t relate to the gender identity can come to surface on a number of instances right from childhood. Early signs in children might include unwillingness to dress typically like the members of the same sex or playing games dedicated to a particular sex. Adults affected with this disorder might feel lonely, depressed and disgusted by their own genitals. Withdrawing from social interactions, cross-dressing and wishing to get rid of the genitals gained at birth are some of the other prominent indicators.

Early diagnosis and treatment of gender dysphoria can evade depression, discomfort and emotional distress, while curbing suicidal tendencies. Hormonal balancing is usually practiced by experts,post assessment to control the ‘unhappy’ feeling of living in the ‘wrong’ body. Surgeries to replace genitals or alter one’s physical appearance can also bring harmony to the gender identity.

Hope Care India extends a helping hand to those who feel traumatised due to such an identity crisis. The organisation functions under the guidance of Dr. Deepak Raheja, a well-known Psychiatrist & Psychotherapist.

A psychiatric centre and mental wellness organization, Hope Care provides medical support to Gender dysphoria patients to help them cope with the feeling of ‘mismatch’. Also, the foundation acts as a strong emotional pillar in their lives and works towards eradicating the stigmas associated with it.

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