A person is said to have a gender identity disorder when he or she has a strong desire to be part of the opposite sex. The desire is so strong that the individual actually believes himself to be a member of the opposite sex who is trapped in the wrong body. Gender identity disorder is widely known as trans-sexuality or trans-genderism.
Gender identity disorder is evident from early childhood in most cases and from adulthood in others. In order to diagnose an individual with gender identity disorder, two components should be present:
- A strong desire to be the opposite sex and repeatedly stating this desire or insisting to be the opposite of what they actually are.
- Persistent discomfort or unease of the current gender and disconnect with the associated gender roles and functioning.