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Gender dysphoria refers to negative feelings arising from some aspect of gender experience, possibly including but not limited to:

  • An assigned gender different from one's gender identity.
  • Body dysphoria, where one’s sexual characteristics seem wrong.
  • Other’s perceptions of one’s gender.
  • Social treatment related to perceived or assigned gender.

The term gender dysphoria can refer to individual instances of gender dysphoria, as in, “Calling someone by the wrong pronouns can evoke gender dysphoria.”

It can also be used diagnostically, referring to persistent and clinically significant discomfort with an assigned gender. Healthcare professionals typically reference either the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) or the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) in order to confirm a diagnosis of gender dysphoria.

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