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Gender Identity Disorder Research

(Also Known As: Homosexuality Research, Gender Dysphoria Research, Lesbians Transsexuality Research, Transgender Research, Transvestism Research)

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Gender Identity Disorder Related Research

GENDER IDENTITY DISORDER MEDICAL RESEARCH

Based on the N.I.M.H. Gender Research Project conducted for the evaluation and treatment of gender disturbance, a comprehensive psychological evaluation has been conducted in children while requiring them to undergo a complete medical examination with thorough medical history taken. Professional geneticists claimed that endocrinological studies are found to be unnecessary unless there are abnormalities detected upon physical examination. The common medical examinations given include chromosome analysis, medical history, sex chromatin studies, and physical examination including the external genitalia.

The study showed that males with Gender Identity Disorder are physically normal and there was no maternal hormone treatment evidence during pregnancy and no history of hormonal imbalance from the mothers. This provides a consistent picture in the literature that the occurrence of gender disturbances in adults such as transvestism and transsexualism occur without any measureable abnormalities from the five physical variables of sex. 13

FAMILY PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH GENDER DISTURBANCE

Based on the research study made by Dr. George A. Rekers, a professor of neuropsychiatry and behavioral science and the research director for child and adolescent psychiatry and chairman of the faculty in psychology at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, there is a striking association between gender disturbance and family problems. Psychiatric history of parents plays a significant role in that 80% of mothers and 45% of fathers of individuals with gender identity disorder have psychiatric problems.

In boys who are profoundly more distressed, the absence of a father in the family is observed in most cases. In the less distressed cases there is about 54% of father absence. It was found that the absence of a father figure in homes can be a significant contributory factor in the development of transsexualism and psychological disturbance in boys.

GENDER IDENTITY DISORDER AND ASSOCIATED MENTAL ILLNESS

Based on a study in children with Gender Identity Disorder, about 52% have an associated mental illness. The most common mental illnesses diagnosed in addition to the Gender Identity Disorder include Anxiety Disorder, behavioral disruptive disorder, personality disorders, mood disorders and psychotic disorders.

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Depersonalization Disorder – Depersonalization, Derealization, Sense of Automation, Difficulty Relating with Reality
Dissociative Identity Disorder – Display of Multiple Personalities, Amnesia, Drug Use, Inability to Identify Own Identity
Paraphilias – Sexual Deviation, Pervasiveness, Behavioral Disorder, Fantasy
Separation Anxiety Disorder – Anxiety Due to Separation from Home, Persistent Worry About Losing People, Nightmares Due to Separation.