Pyshcology Today describes Gender identity disorder : (GID) or transsexualism is defined by strong, persistent feelings of identification with the opposite gender and discomfort with one’s own assigned sex. People with GID desire to live as members of the opposite sex and often dress and use mannerisms associated with the other gender. For instance, a person identified as a boy may feel and act like a girl. This is distinct from homosexuality in that homosexuals nearly always identify with their apparent sex or gender.
Gender disorders can be a very distressful issue for teenage boys or girls to experience. Without proper therapeutic treatment, those who struggle with gender disorders, can soon develop ways of negatively self medicating.
Teenage boys and girls who struggle with gender disorder, are likely to turn to drugs and or alcohol, if the stress of dealing with a gender disorder effects them too greatly.« Back to Glossary Index