Currently, there is a great socio-cultural challenge in terms of accepting the increase in people who have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria
Gender Dysphoria triggers a series of events for which society is not prepared or fully informed.
Gender identity should not be understood as an isolated or punctual characteristic in a person’s life, but rather as an aspect within a development perspective, integrated within the broader concept of personal identity.
But what is it and how does gender dysphoria manifest itself? Gender dysphoria is the feeling of discomfort or anguish that some people can manifest, arguing that their gender identity differs from the sex assigned at birth or from their physical characteristics.
It is very important that these people, who may be children, adolescents, or adults, have professional support and effective treatment, as the case may be. For this, information about the diagnosis and its description can be consulted in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), published by the American Psychiatric Association. https://www.psychiatry.org/psychiatrists/practice/dsm
How does gender dysphoria manifest itself?
• Difference between gender identity and genitalia or secondary sex characteristics, such as breast size, voice, and facial hair. In young adolescents, the difference between gender identity and intended secondary sex characteristics.
• A strong desire to get rid of these genitalia or secondary sexual characteristics, or a desire to avoid the development of secondary sexual characteristics.
• Great desire to have the genitalia and secondary sexual characteristics of another sex.
• A great desire to be or be treated as another gender.
• A firm conviction of having the typical feelings and reactions of another gender.
There are cases in which young children between the ages of 4 and 5 have shown symptoms of gender dysphoria and herein lies the importance of taking the correct attitude and proper management, both at home, in their family environment, and at school.
The most important thing is not to worry or put labels before time, as this can generate an irreversible emotional impact. The most important thing is to be aware that this can happen and that the best way to react is to listen and support, seeking appropriate professional help, as it may only be a passing stage as currently children are very exposed to YouTubers, influencers, social networks that can cause an influence.
However, if it is diagnosed professionally, a treatment must be started that will not necessarily generate a sex change operation.
Dr. Lisa Littman, is a gender dysphoria physician and researcher, documenting the experiences of those who give up or re-identify or who detransition after undergoing a complete gender change transition. More information on her page https://littmanresearch.com/about/ and her publications and papers here: https://littmanresearch.com/publications/
In the 2022 version of the Grammy Awards, an award was given to Kim Petras, of German origin, the first transgender songwriter and singer to obtain it, and who is one of the youngest people to have undergone a gender change operation He was 16 years old, but he started taking hormone blockers from the age of 12.
In all cases, these manifestations must be confirmed by a multidisciplinary group of specialists, since studies indicate that between 61% and 98% of children with gender-related disorders end up reconciling with it if they are allowed to pass. puberty without necessarily having to undergo medical intervention.
What is true is that transgender people have been making a difference in society, opening paths in various sectors, which generates the need to link information with values such as tolerance, acceptance, and an open society towards their inclusion as individuals, understanding what they face due to attitudes such as rejection and discrimination, which generates a significant percentage of suicides, especially among young people.
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