The new term they now use for people who have problems with gender related issues are now classified to be suffering from gender dysphoria.
The APA publish the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders which is the standard classification of mental disorders used by mental health professionals in the United States and contains a listing of diagnostic criteria for every psychiatric disorder recognized by the U.S. healthcare system.
Personally I feel this re-classification is a big step in the right direction, however some disagree. From my perspective, as I’m being treated for and felt the pain of gender dysphoria, the term perfectly fits how I felt, dysphoria being the opposite of euphoria. Gender Dysphoria is very debilitating and painful condition indeed and should be seen as an issue to be looked at from initially a psychiatric and psychological perspective.
Ok, so classification sucks, but sadly for a system such as the NHS to work they have to classify. I hope that they then tailor solutions to the patient based on the classification – they did for me. So to all those complaining that gender identity isn’t a psychiatric problem, well it can be, and when it is it needs psychiatric help. It of course follows that not all people with gender variances have gender dysphoria and most aren’t in pain, in fact some enjoy their gender variance – so they aren’t dysphoric, they are simply transgender! As transgender covers an array of people then that in turn includes people who are transvestites, gender benders, t-girls, transexuals etc etc.
So although the classification change in my mind is much more accurate and a welcome change – it doesn’t mean all transgender people are suffering.