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NURS 6660, Week 11 Main Discussion Post Special Topics in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Write your selected disorder in the subject line of your Discussion post. I have chosen Gender Dysphoria (GD), also known as Gender Identity Disorder, to be discussed. According to Gender Dysphoria Information (2019), people who experience gender dysphoria are typically transgender. I have encountered very few adolescents with GD during my practicum experience. The DSM-5 (APA, 2013) defines GD as the distress that may accompany the marked incongruence between someone’s birth gender and their expressed gender that lasts for at least six months. Psychological Issues The stress that accompanies this diagnosis can affect social and occupational functioning as well as discrimination. Individuals with this disorder often wish to be treated as an alternative gender rather than their assigned gender. Many often undergo hormonal and surgical treatments to undergo their alternative gender. Unfortunately, individuals with GD are at an increased risk for mental health issues which including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and suicide.

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