[Gender identity disorder: challenges and specificity in the treatment of requests for sexual reassignment]

P Pécoud, F Pralong, O Bauquis, F Stiefel
Revue Médicale Suisse 2011 February 16, 7 (282): 395-7
Gender identity disorder is defined as a permanent desire to relieve one's own sexual features to acquire the sexual features and line to life of the opposite sex. The diagnosis is based on the psychiatric evaluation and treatment on an interdisciplinary approach by endocrinologists, surgeons and psychiatrists, and can be conceptualized into distinct phases: diagnostic evaluation, real life experience, hormonal treatment and surgery. Multiples challenges have to be faced, especially by the psychiatrist who follows the patient during the whole process.

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