Gender Dysphoria and Psychotic Spectrum Disorders
This chapter highlights the experience of Amy, a 20-year-old transgender female with diagnoses of schizoaffective disorder, gender dysphoria, marijuana use disorder, and a history of cocaine abuse who was initially referred to an outpatient gender and sexuality mental health clinic at age 17 for an evaluation of gender and sexual identity issues. This case hopes to illustrate the developmental pathway of an adolescent with gender dysphoria and psychosis, to examine unique challenges in treating patients with both psychotic spectrum disorders and gender dysphoria, and to highlight the frequent traumas transgender individuals’ face as a part of their gender identity.
KeywordsTransgender Gender dysphoria Schizoaffective disorder Child psychiatry Adolescent psychiatry
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