Daily Archives: August 8, 2017

I Do Not Have a Mental Disorder 3

About a year and a half ago a new condition was added to my medical record, “Gender Dysphoria.” For those who aren’t aware, “Gender Dysphoria” is a diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-V). “Gender Dysphoria” replaced the older diagnosis of “Gender Identity Disorder” that was present starting in the DSM-III released in 1980. This change was prompted by the recognition that transgender people are not automatically disordered. In fact, according to the DSM-V, it is only the distress and pain that can sometimes accompany transgender identities that can be said to be a […]

A person hanging their head and grabbing at the back of their skull.