Transgender why transgender people experience more mental health issues it has nearly everything to do with the way they are treated. Apa what are some of the biggest psychological challenges that transgender people face? Bockting health disparities in the area of mental health are well documented among this population. Transgender people are more vulnerable to symptoms of depression and anxiety, which is at least in part attributable to the social stress they experience as members of a gender minority population. Gender dysphoria (formerly known as gender identity disorder in the fourth version of the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, or dsm) is defined by strong, persistent feelings. Gender dysphoria (gd) is the distress a person feels due to a mismatch between their gender identity and their sex assigned at birth. The diagnostic label gender identity disorder (gid) was used until 2013 with the release of the dsm-5. The condition was renamed to remove the stigma associated with the term disorder. Despite the fact that the causes of a transgender identity arent known, being transgender has typically been viewed as a psychological issue. In fact, it even has its own psychiatric diagnosis in the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders gender identity disorder. Of course, not everyone feels that such a label is appropriate. Mchugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for johns hopkins hospital and its current distinguished service professor of psychiatry, said that transgenderism is a mental disorder that merits treatment, that sex change is biologically impossible, and that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are. Ever since the revision to the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders in 2013, transgender people have begin to feel a bit of relief from the stigma of mental illness. Prior to 2013, transgender individuals were diagnosed by mental health professionals as having gender identity disorderan illness which was considered something akin to multiple personality disorder. This page contains a short outline of issues that arise for transgender individuals, particularly those effecting ones emotional and psychological state. I hope to expand on many of these in future posts (check the categories). Gender is correlated with the prevalence of certain mental disorders, including depression, anxiety and somatic complaints. For example, women are more likely to be diagnosed with major depression, while men are more likely to be diagnosed with substance abuse and antisocial personality disorder. There are no marked gender differences in the diagnosis rates of disorders like schizophrenia.