I was looking through the ICD 10, which is a medical classification list by the World Health Orgaization. It is used by most countries instead of the DSM 5. I am glad I found this diagnosis because I used to think I was a fetishistic transvestite.
Actually, I used to think I was a crossdresser but these are labels and their pretty much a personal preference from person to person. Once I came out the fetishistic part went away, but it still bothered me because I had done it since I could remember. Even after I realized that I was a woman it bothered me for some reason. When I started transitioning I decided to be celibate, I tell people that I did this because I didnt want sex getting in the way of my decision for a vaginoplasty. This is only part true. I wanted to make sure that fetishism had nothing to do with who I was. After two years of celibacy I knew for sure it had nothing to do with my decisions.
The Last sentence of the diagnosis really helped me to realize that even if I did have a fetish with womens clothes, it’s an early stage that others went through before discovering they were transsexual. As I have been transitioning, all my worries and cares are being taken care of, all I have to worry about now is gender dysphoria and making it through a few more months before I’m eligible for surgeries.
I copied this from a site and put it here because theres a lot of confusion about the the reason Gender Identity Disorder was taken out of the DSM 5.
Gender dysphoria is classified as a disorder under dual role transvestism in the 2017 ICD-10 CM. GID was reclassified to gender dysphoria by the DSM-5. Some transgender people and researchers support declassification of GID because they say the diagnosis pathologizes gender variance, reinforces the binary model of gender, and can result in stigmatization of transgender individuals. The official reclassification as gender dysphoria in the DSM-5 may help resolve some of these issues, because the term gender dysphoria applies only to the discontent experienced by some persons resulting from gender identity issues. The American Psychiatric Association, publisher of the DSM-5, states that “gender nonconformity is not in itself a mental disorder. The critical element of gender dysphoria is the presence of clinically significant distress associated with the condition.”
The DSM 5 provides for one overarching diagnosis of Gender Dysphoria with specific criteria for children, and for adolescents and adults. I did not put the childrens criteria here.
In adolescents and adults, Gender Dysphoria diagnosis involves a difference between one’s experienced/expressed gender and their assigned gender and significant distress and/or problems functioning, it lasts at least 6 months and is shown by at least 2 of the following:
- A marked incongruence between one’s experienced/expressed gender and primary and/or secondery sex characteristics.
- A strong desire to be rid of one’s primary/secondery sex characteristics
- A strong desire for the primary/secondery sex characteristics
- A strong desire to be of the other gender
- A strong desire to be treated as the other gender
- A strong conviction that one has the typical feelings and reactions of the other gender