The answers to those, and many other, questions can be found in the books below. She debunks outmoded approaches to gender nonconformity that may actually do children harm. And she offers a new framework for helping each child become his or her own unique, most gender-authentic person.
Sometimes in younger children, this may surface with boys playing with dolls and other traditionally female toys, or girls who refuse to wear dresses or hate having long hair, along with a persistent, insistent and consistent cross gender identification. It is important to note that simply playing with toys or clothing usely associated with the opposite gender does not mean a trans outcome, and freedom of expression is important for children. Enforcing binary expectations is generally unhelpful but for trangender children, can be actively damaging.
That is not how it has turned out. Last year, 1, children under 18 were referred to Gids, double the number the year before. Of these 1, nearly were under the age of 12, with some as young as three years old. The reasons for this exponential increase are obviously complex.
Gender dysphoria in childrenalso known as gender identity disorder in children or gender incongruence of childhoodis a formal diagnosis used by psychologists and physicians to describe children who experience significant discontent gender dysphoria with their biological sexassigned genderor both. GIDC remained in the DSM from towhen it was replaced with the diagnosis of "gender dysphoria" in the fifth revision DSM-5in an effort to diminish the stigma attached to gender variance while maintaining a diagnostic route to gender affirming medical interventions such as hormone therapy and surgery. Controversy surrounding the pathologization and treatment of cross-gender identity and behaviors, particularly in children, has been evident in the literature since the s.
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An interview with Dr. A: So much of this depends on the age of the child. What we do know is that by the time kids reach adolescence, if they have a gender identity that is different from their sex assigned at birth, that it is very likely that they will continue on to have that gender identity.
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In December, a therapist told a tormented Lynn Meagher that she should practice self-care, have a support network, and go to the emergency room if she wanted to kill herself. The counselor then proceeded to make her feel guilty for supposedly being a judgmental person and essentially blamed her for her woes. She is sharing her personal journey and experiences with CP because the public does not know what parents endure.
Identical twins who were born girls have become brothers after they both came out as transgender and transitioned to male. Jack and Jace Grafe, 23, were born Jaclyn and Jennifer in June and raised in a conservative Christian home in Baltimore, Maryland, however, they never felt truly comfortable. As children, the twins cried themselves to sleep and prayed that they would wake up as boys - despite not understanding what it meant to be transgender. But at age 18, the twins, who have since moved to Monroe, Georgia, came out to each other and decided to transition as a duo.