Psychological treatment of transsexualism and sexual identity disorders: some recent attempts
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Ten aging gender dysphoria patients (eight men and two women, average age 52 years) were the subjects of this study. All had presented to the Gender Identity Clinic at Case Western Reserve University requesting sex-reassignment surgery.
A psychiatric-psychological profile of the patients, their sexual functioning, problems with aging, diagnostic issues, and follow-up are discussed. The aging gender dysphoric patient presents in acute crisis, that is, exhibiting marked depression, increased suicidal ideation and behavior, and urgent perception of time.
Diagnostic and treatment recommendations for aging gender dysphoria patients and their depressions are provided. Furthermore, guidelines are suggested for differentiating the aging transvestite with transsexual symptoms and the aging transsexual for whom sex-reassignment surgery may be indicated.
Specific treatment strategies for an aging population, including sexual surgery, are also discussed.
Citation: Arch Sex Behav 1979 Sep;8(5):431-44 an article published on the Internet by PubMed <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/>