When your child hits puberty and adolescence, raising children can be a tedious task. It’s a phase that every parent dreads and overcomes only with a miracle.
During this phase, most children start to discover who they are and have an urge to prove themselves and their characters. This can be done in numerous ways that aren’t always the best of choices.
One of the challenges that parents face with their teens during this time is a change in their attire. One of the changes that can worry parents is seeing their daughter more interested in male clothing or seeing their son focus on beauty details or focus a little too much on his hair, clothing, and skin.
According to positive psychology and parenting expert, Rana Hany, the first thing that crosses parents’ minds in these situations is whether or not their child is suffering from a gender identity disorder. However, if that is the case, there will be more signs to look out for.
What are the signs of gender identity disorder in teenagers?
- When they say they wish they were the opposite sex
- They show frustration or depression when signs of puberty start to appear in the form of body changes
- They ask their friends to call them by names of the opposite sex or use pronouns of the opposite sex
- They prefer sitting with and discussing topics of the opposite sex
- They suffer from depression or anxiety
- In some cases, they even try to harm themselves
In these cases, it is essential to visit a specialized psychiatrist who will evaluate the situation and decide whether the treatment is purely psychological or also needs to be hormonal.
That’s why it is important to understand that gender identity issues don’t necessarily have to be about the opposite sex. It could be as simple as being raised in a home where a gender is idolized, or that another gender is subjected to violence or abuse making the child feel the need to protect themselves or prove their strength by opting for a different gender.
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