Gender Dysphoria

One of the biggest changes from the DSM-lV-TR (APA, 2000) to the DSM-S (APA, 2073) was with
ing regard to ”gender identity disorder.” The DSM-S has now termed this condition as ”gender
dysphoria” and has removed it from the chapter containing the sexual dysfunctions and
paraphilias. In addition, it better differentiated diagnostic criteria for children versus adolescents
and adults. For this discussion, review Section 7 7 .4 of the textbook along with pages 74-75 of the
APA document Highlights of Changes From DSM-IV-TR to DSM-S, and in your initial post, address
the following: Do you agree or disagree with the DSM’s decision to rename ”gender identity
3.50) disorder” from the DSM-IV to ”gender dysphoria” in the DSM-S? Why or why not? What might be
some alternative conceptualizations for this disorder? For example, some view gender dysphoria as
solely a physical condition, not mental, and therefore it should not even be included in the DSM. 5
Others view it as entirely psychological and potentially even a subtype of major depressive disorder.
In what ways might these changes in conceptualizing and diagnosing gender dysphoria impact
treatment? Cite from the Chapter 77 reading and the APA document to support your answers.
PROMPT TO WRITER: Please use bullet point format when answering the question. You can only cite
from DSM 5 and McGraw- Hill 8th edition. Whitbourne 2076

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