• Sarah Murjan
  • Walter Pierre Bouman
Part of the Critical and Applied Approaches in Sexuality, Gender and Identity book series (CAASGI)


This chapter discusses the psychiatric aspects of non-binary genders. In particular, it describes the history and current psychiatric classification of trans and non-binary genders; the prevalence of non-binary identities; the relationship between non-binary gender identities and trans binary identities; the relationship between non-binary identities and mental illness and neuroatypicality; and the psychiatric evaluation of non-binary identities. Finally, it argues that research needs to focus on issues pertinent to non-binary-identified people and their treatment without pathologising their identities, and that psychiatrists need to become more aware of non-binary identities in both general psychiatric and specialist trans health clinic settings.


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  • Sarah Murjan
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  • Walter Pierre Bouman
    • 1
  1. 1.Nottingham Center for Transgender HealthNottinghamUK

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