Most of us never gave much thought to our gender identity growing up. As we navigated our way through childhood and adolescence, we felt comfortable - for the most part - aligning with the expected behaviors associated with our gender. It was a non-issue. Sadly, that's not the case for some individuals. Some never feel comfortable in their bodies. They deeply believe that nature made a terrible mistake, that they are trapped in the wrong body. This intense "disconnect" with the sex they were assigned at birth can cause significant distress.
Life for children, adolescents, and young adults struggling with gender issues can be extremely challenging. Trying to fit in while dealing with a range of emotions that many of us have never had to experience. Parents are often baffled and worried, wanting to ease their child's pain but not sure what to do or where to turn for help. Treatment specialists at A Child & Family Psychiatry LLC are able to provide information and guidance for families and individuals struggling to find answers.