The following case study is to provide a diagnosis for client Gwen. Gwen has been attending counseling during her transition of gender from male to female. The case study includes diagnosis, criteria for the diagnosis, continued treatment plan, cultural and societal aspects that have influenced Gwen’s diagnosis.
The client is Gwen a middle aged male transitioning gender to female. She was previously known as Nick prior to transition. Gwen has explained several aspects of her previous life and the effects it had on her and the way she lived. Gwen is currently living and identifying as a female and is undergoing hormone therapy to assist in the transition to the female gender. Gwen has explained the social and personal struggles she went through in her previous life as Nick. After reviewing Gwen’s case and counseling session the following is the diagnosis and criteria for her diagnosis.
F64.1gender Dysphoria in Adolescents and Adults, Post transition
Rationale/ Criteria with Specifier
Individuals with gender dysphoria have a marked incongruence between the gender they have been assigned to (usually at birth, referred to as natal gender) and their experienced/ expressed gender. This discrepancy is the core component of the diagnosis. There must also be evidence of distress about this incongruence (APA, 2013). A. A marked incongruence between one’s experienced/expressed gender and assigned gender, of at least 6 months’ duration, as manifested by at least two of the following:
1. A marked incongruence between one’s experienced/expressed gender and primary and/or secondary sex characteristics (or in young adolescents, the anticipated secondary sex characteristics).
2. A strong desire to be r...
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...ing her transition, Gwen is experiencing a new sense of self confidence and is maintaining a healthy view of her transition. With continued individual and group therapy, Gwen has been experiencing a positive transition and experiencing a healthier and fulfilling life experience.
American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: Author. : American Psychiatric Association.
Glicksman, E. (April 2013). Transgender today Throughout history, transgender people have been misunderstood and seldom studied. That’s beginning to change. Monitor on Pyschology American Psychological Association, Vol 44, No. 4, p.36.
Norton, A. &. (2012). Heterosexuals ' Attitudes Toward Transgender People: Findings from a National Probability Sample of U.S. Adults. Journal of Research, 1-16.
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