16 Facts On Gender Confusion

Family Watch International

1. Mental health professionals consider gender confusion that causes serious mental distress to be a mental disorder. It was formerly called “Gender Identity Disorder,” but in the most recent revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), it has been renamed “Gender Dysphoria” in an effort to reduce the stigma often experienced by those afflicted with it. The DSM is used as the recognized standard by mental health professions in the U.S. and some other countries for identifying and describing mental disorders.

2. The APA and other mental health organizations do not consider all manifestations of “gender nonconformity” to be a mental disorder. But when it is severe enough to cause individuals “significant distress,” it crosses the threshold of “gender dysphoria” and is considered a mental disorder.

3. Individuals who experience severe gender confusion may sincerely believe they are the opposite sex from their biological sex and believe they are "trapped" inside the wrong body. We should feel compassion for those who deal with gender dysphoria. But the way to help these individuals is not to amputate healthy body parts or to inject hormones.

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