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Exploring Gender Identity Disorder

             Gender Identity Disorder can be a difficult thing to deal with in the society that we live in. Normally people fear what they cant understand. For most people its hard to understand why a person that is physically and clearly identifiable as one sex can act, dress, talk and walk and identify as the opposite sex. These people are usually referred to as transgender. For the past few years, with the help of the media industry, the issues that transgender individuals face on a day to day basis such as issues with stigma, access to care, psychological issues, relationships and the issue with the passing of laws that will represent the transgender community in an equal comparison with the rest of society.
             Diagnosis Of Gender Identity Disorder .
             Gender Identity Disorder can be defined as the formal diagnosis used by psychologists and physicians to describe people who experience significant dysphoria (discontent) with the sex and gender they were assigned at birth. Decades ago in the 1920's the formal identification and classification of what was considered gender non-conformity began but it wasn't until the 1980s that an official diagnosis was introduced. In a step to help trans individuals equal access to care the APA included gender non-conformity as a mental disorder. Before the term Gender Identity Disorder, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) used the term Transsexualism as the official diagnosis for gender non-conformity. In 1994 the term Transsexualism was replaced with Gender Identity Disorder in an effort to reduce the stigma of being labeled, a transexual and redirecting the label to reflect an issue with gender as opposed to a sexual issue. Before psychiatry people living transgender lifestyles would seek help and transition from one gender to another through private mediums. Recently, the APA changed the name replacing Gender Identity Disorder with Gender Dysphoria.

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