Gender dysphoria treatment
Gender dysphoria is a recognised medical condition which causes confusion or distress because there is a mismatch between your biological sex and your gender identity. Sometimes referred to as gender identity disorder (GID) or transgender, gender dysphoria relates to the gender identity that you feel yourself to be, as opposed to the gender assigned to you at birth based on anatomical appearance.
At Priory, we understand that coming to terms with gender dysphoria and feeling comfortable in your gender identity is vitally important to your emotional health and mental wellbeing. We have a dedicated gender dysphoria service at Priory Hospital Roehampton, where young people and adults alike can receive psychotherapy services which help you to understand more about the condition, how it makes you feel, and learn ways in which gender dysphoria can be addressed.
Biological sex and gender identity
While biological sex and gender identity are aligned for many people, when you feel as though you have been given the wrong body that don’t identify with, such as a person with male anatomy identifying as a female and vice versa, or even not feeling as though you identify with either gender, it can cause significant stress and disruption to your daily life.
The internal conflict between how society expects you to act and behave in accordance with your biological sex, in contrast with the gender in which you identify can cause significant distress and affects people in different ways. There are many ways a person can express their identified gender, including chosen behaviours, dress and self-image, with dressing in the gender in which you identify particularly common.
If you have gender dysphoria, characterised by persistent and strong feelings that you are in a body in which you don’t identify with, then you may live as a transgender or transsexual person, with surgical treatment or hormone therapy sometimes chosen to align your physical appearance with your gender identity.
These wishes are usually accompanied with an inclination for social transitioning, which means you may adopt the gender pronouns associated with the gender you identify with, and change the gender you are registered as on your official documents such as your passport.
This page was clinically reviewed by Dr Az Hakeem (MBBS, FRCPsych, MSc, M.Inst.GA) in June 2018, and is scheduled to be reviewed again in June 2020. To view all Priory gender dysphoria specialists, please click here.