Gender dysphoria is typically diagnosed by mental health professionals such as psychologists, psychiatrists, or therapists, who have experience and training in this area. It’s important to seek out a professional who is knowledgeable about and experienced in gender issues, as they will be best equipped to understand your experiences and provide appropriate care.

The diagnosis is usually based on the criteria outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), which is published by the American Psychiatric Association. The criteria focus on a consistent, strong identification with a gender different from one’s assigned sex at birth, and distress caused by this discrepancy that impacts important areas of life.

After a diagnosis of gender dysphoria, mental health professionals can help guide individuals through the next steps of their journey, which may involve social transition, hormone replacement therapy, and possibly surgeries. Mental health professionals can also provide ongoing emotional support and resources to manage any associated challenges or mental health conditions, such as anxiety or depression.

If you’re experiencing feelings of gender dysphoria, consider reaching out to LGBTQ+ organizations for resources and support, including help finding knowledgeable healthcare providers in your area. You’re not alone, and there are people and organizations ready to provide support and guidance.