Sexuality and Gender Issues Among Teens



Adolescents with gender dysphoria experience a marked incongruence between their experienced gender identity and their gender assigned at birth (based on their sexual anatomy) accompanied by distress. Gender identity refers to one’s sense of self as female or male. Increasingly, youth identify with a gender that differs from the traditional dichotomous classification of females and males: non-binary, gender fluid, gender queer etc.


You can be rest assured that at Skooc, you and your family are in good hands.  


Keep a lookout for some of the following signs of gender dysphoria in your teenager. These signs may be physical, mental, or behavioural in nature. These patterns typically develop in early childhood. They can also start to emerge as the adolescent grows into a young adult. They typically engage in behaviour typically associated with the opposite sex and tend to refuse to participate in sports or activities traditionally associated with their at-birth gender.

If you notice recurring instances of a few of these symptoms in your teenager, we at Skooc recommend a formal evaluation. 


At Skooc, we help you better understand what you and your teenager are going through. While some adolescents might express their feelings of gender dysphoria to their parents or a doctor, others might instead show symptoms of a mood disorder, anxiety or depression or display social or academic problems. Your family doctor or teen’s paediatrician can do a preliminary evaluation. However, it’s essential that you have your teen evaluated by a child and adolescent psychologist or psychiatrist, preferably one who has experience treating gender dysphoria. They will evaluate your teen to confirm the incongruence of their gender identity and sex assigned at birth, their history and development of gender dysphoric feelings, the impact of the stigma attached to gender nonconformity on their mental health.

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Next Steps and Intervention

Our team of professional psychologists at Skooc can help you and your family by providing the necessary interventions. A treatment plan for a teenager with gender dysphoria may include any or all of the following:

Developmental Assesments, Therapy and Counselling Sessions at Narayana Clinic, Sarjapura Road, Bengaluru.


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