Christy Olezeski, PhD, associate professor at the Yale School of Medicine and director of the Yale Gender Program.
Based on a 2022 study from the Williams Institute at UCLA, more than 1.6 million people in the U.S. over the age of 13 identify as transgender. Transgender individuals may feel conflicted between their sex at birth and the gender with which they identify.
This conflict can become such a source of anxiety and distress that it is termed “gender dysphoria.” While not every transgender individual experiences it, many people seek gender-affirming treatments from hormone replacements to surgery, genital or non-genital. With these treatments, they can finally feel on the outside how they feel on the inside.
“People I know who have gone through medical transition experience relief, feeling like themselves for the first time, even a desire to ...
Want to keep reading this great article from New England Psychologist?