There is a significant increase in people who self-diagnose as having gender dysphoria and gender incongruence. The number of people with gender dysphoria and gender incongruence who seek assessment, support and treatment at gender identity clinic services has increased substantially over the years globally, and in Europe, North America and Australia in particular. Many countries lack appropriate transgender healthcare services. People with gender dysphoria and/or gender incongruence are often victimized and discriminated against. This book gives an overview regarding mental health and quality of life issues across the life span within the evolving interdisciplinary field of transgender healthcare. The book is written for professionals who in their day-to-day job may encounter people with gender dysphoria and gender incongruence; and for students, teachers, educators, academics, and members of the public at large with an interest in this timely topic.
This book was originally published as a special issue of the International Review of Psychiatry.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Gender Dysphoria and Gender Incongruence: An evolving inter-disciplinary field 1. Gender incongruence/gender dysphoria and its classification history 2. Gender dysphoria in childhood 3. Gender dysphoria in adolescence 4. Families in transition: A literature review 5. Mental health and gender dysphoria: A review of the literature 6. Non-suicidal self-injury and suicidality in trans people: A systematic review of the literature 7. Gender dysphoria and autism spectrum disorder: A narrative review 8. Body dissatisfaction and disordered eating in trans people: A systematic review of the literature 9. Non-binary or genderqueer genders 10. Sexual orientation of trans adults is not linked to outcome of transition-related health care, but worth asking 11. Fertility options in transgender people 12. Neuroimaging studies in people with gender incongruence
Walter Pierre Bouman is a Consultant Psychiatrist-Sexologist and Head of Service at the Nottingham National Centre for Gender Dysphoria in the United Kingdom and an accredited psychotherapist and supervisor. His work and therapeutic practice both focus on the area of gender, sex and relationships, with a particular interest in the aging population. Dr Bouman is Deputy Editor of Sexual and Relationship Therapy - International Perspectives on Theory, Research and Practice.
Annelou LC de Vries is a child and adolescent psychiatrist working at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam. The scope of her work is consultative-liaison psychiatry at the Pediatric Department, focusing on sick children with mental health problems. An important and special part of her work is dedicated to gender dysphoric adolescents. She published several studies on mental health of gender dysphoric adolescents and treatment evaluation.
Guy T’Sjoen is Clinical Staff Physician and Clinical Researcher at the Department of Endocrinology and the Center for Sexology and Gender at the Ghent University Hospital in Belgium. He is a specialist in Endocrinology and received the titles of Clinical Andrologist by the European Academy of Andrology, and Fellow of the European Committee of Sexual Medicine. Professor T’Sjoen is interim President of the European Professional Association for Transgender Health.