To obtain a diagnosis of gender dysphoria, it is recommended to seek the guidance of a qualified mental health professional, such as a therapist or psychiatrist, who has experience in working with transgender or gender diverse individuals. Here are the general steps involved in getting diagnosed with gender dysphoria:

  1. Research and Choose a Healthcare Provider: Look for mental health professionals who specialize in gender-related issues or have experience working with transgender individuals. You can search online directories, seek recommendations from LGBTQ+ organizations or support groups, or consult with your primary care physician for referrals.
  2. Initial Consultation: Schedule an initial consultation with the chosen healthcare provider. During this meeting, you can discuss your concerns, experiences, and feelings related to your gender identity. Be open and honest about your experiences, thoughts, and any distress you may be facing.
  3. Assessment and Evaluation: The mental health professional will conduct a comprehensive assessment to determine if you meet the diagnostic criteria for gender dysphoria. The assessment may involve discussing your personal history, exploring your gender identity development, evaluating any distress or impairment experienced, and considering other relevant factors like mental health and support systems.
  4. Diagnostic Criteria: The mental health professional will refer to the diagnostic criteria outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), which is widely used by mental health professionals for diagnosing mental health conditions. To receive a diagnosis of gender dysphoria, you generally need to meet specific criteria related to the duration and intensity of the distress or impairment caused by incongruence between your gender identity and assigned sex at birth.
  5. Ongoing Treatment and Support: If you receive a diagnosis of gender dysphoria, the mental health professional can collaborate with you to develop a treatment plan that meets your specific needs. This may involve therapy, support groups, referral to medical professionals for potential medical interventions (e.g., hormone therapy, surgeries), or assistance with social transition processes.

It’s important to note that the diagnostic process and treatment options may vary depending on your location, healthcare system, and the specific guidelines followed by the mental health professional. Additionally, some individuals may choose not to seek a formal diagnosis but still benefit from support and therapeutic interventions to explore their gender identity and manage associated distress.

Here are the steps on how to get diagnosed with gender dysphoria:

  1. Talk to your doctor or primary care provider (PCP). They can help you assess your symptoms and determine if you need to see a mental health professional for a diagnosis.
  2. See a mental health professional who specializes in transgender care. This could be a therapist, psychologist, or psychiatrist. They will ask you about your symptoms and history, and they may use a standardized assessment tool to help make a diagnosis.
  3. Meet the diagnostic criteria for gender dysphoria. To be diagnosed with gender dysphoria, you must have a marked incongruence between your experienced/expressed gender and your assigned gender, and this incongruence must have been present for at least 6 months. You must also experience significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning as a result of this incongruence.
  4. Get a treatment plan. Once you have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria, your mental health professional can help you develop a treatment plan that is right for you. This may include therapy, hormone therapy, or surgery.

It is important to note that a diagnosis of gender dysphoria is not required to receive treatment. If you are experiencing gender dysphoria, you can seek treatment from a mental health professional even if you do not meet the diagnostic criteria.

Here are some resources that can help you find a mental health professional who specializes in transgender care:

  • The Trevor Project:
  • Trans Lifeline:
  • National Center for Transgender Equality:
  • World Professional Association for Transgender Health:

I hope this helps!