The change, although currently limited to Denmark, represents a new phase in the evolution of views on being transgender. It shifted the emphasis in treatment from fixing a disorder to resolving distress over the mismatch. University of San Francisco human rights scholar Richard Johnson agrees. Although gay people certainly knew they were not sick, he says, the move did have an effect.
Thus gender dysphoria describes a person's relationship with their body. Many transgender people experience gender dysphoria but many do not. Of those who do not, they are comfortable with their body but uncomfortable with the social gender they are grouped into. People with gender dysphoria usually find it subsides if they change their body into alignment with the "sex" of their brain. There are four qualifications required for a person to be diagnosed with GID which can only happen under a qualified psychiatrist:. The last requirement is often overlooked. If a person's gender does not cause the negative stress or prevent them from normal functioning, they do not have GID.
The decision to remove transgender identities from the ICD's classification of mental disorders was announced by WHO in June last year. The update has now been approved via a vote held by the World Health Assembly , the WHO's governing body which represents the organisation's member states. The intersex groups are calling on WHO to "reform nomenclature and classifications to ensure that they do not facilitate human rights violations". You can find our Community Guidelines in full here.
In on-line forums, parents have reported that their children seemed to experience a sudden or rapid onset of gender dysphoria, appearing for the first time during puberty or even after its completion. Parents describe that the onset of gender dysphoria seemed to occur in the context of belonging to a peer group where one, multiple, or even all of the friends have become gender dysphoric and transgender-identified during the same timeframe. Recently, clinicians have reported that post-puberty presentations of gender dysphoria in natal females that appear to be rapid in onset is a phenomenon that they are seeing more and more in their clinic. Academics have raised questions about the role of social media in the development of gender dysphoria.