If you are considering entering the process of having a sexual reassignment, there will be many challenges for you to face; but, please don’t face these challenges alone. Let me suggest that you find yourself an experienced therapist to walk along with you during this very important journey.
For a better understanding of what you might be feeling, let’s examine what the DSM IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual version 4) states concerning this issue:
Gender Identity disorder (GID) is characterized by strong and persistent cross-gender identification and by persistent discomfort with one’s sex. In adolescents, the disturbance is manifested by such symptoms as a stated desire to be the other sex, a desire to live or be treated as the other sex, attempts to pass as the other sex, or the conviction that one has the typical feelings and reactions of the other sex.
So in order to proceed, your therapist can offer five basic areas of help for your transition:
- Reduce some of the confusion you may be feeling.
- Teach you how to get started.
- Begin living as the other sex.
- Learn your surgical options.
- Begin you transition.
As a nurse therapist, I understand the struggle you may be experiencing if you are considering gender transition. Let us help guide you through the therapeutic process to empower you through each step as you embark on your new life.