It’s Ironic that i got my diagnosis for ‘gender dysphoria’ exactly the same day as the International day of action on Trans depathologisation.
A part of me wanted to be happy, but a greater part of me felt sad.
To some i may appear ungrateful or probably sound like a rabble rouser, but pause you who is reading this..
How would it make you feel to be stigmatised first inorder to access medical care.
So this diagnosis will enable me to access the healthcare i need, i questioned my psychologist about this uncomfortable process. Although he explained it from a medical point of view saying; ‘Diagnosis is not a stamp, for you to be able to get medical assistance the doctors have to know what they are treating you for. Although it dosen’t feel right, it is the ‘procedure’ that has to be followed.’
I don’t care what anybody says, as a transgender person and an activist i still find this psychopathologisation disrespectful and a violation. This procedure anaesthetises many trans person such that they are more grateful to receive the diagnosis than question the whole logic of having it in the first place. I will not begrudge anyone who thinks otherwise because of course we come from different backgrounds and have diverse experiences and are obviously at different levels of consciousness on issues.
Gender Dysphoria sometimes known as Gender Identity Disorder (GID) or an equivalent diagnostic process is mandatory in all European countries to access gender reassignment treatment and legal gender recognition.
The problem with this psychopathologlisation of gender characteristics and identities prompts prejudice and discrimination which reinforces stigma, this makes transgender and transsexual people more vulnerable to social and legal marginalisation and ostracisation. This is likely to impact on the mental wellbeing of transgender persons.
A group of international transgender health experts, has been developing different alternative models to facilitate access to healthcare coverage without stigmatising diagnosis.
The fact that some people have to decide who gets a diagnosis and who dosen’t, gives medical personnel power over transgender people’s lives. This is ludicrous, because each Transgender individual is the best author of their own life, they would know better who they are or how they feel.