Diagnosis of Transvestism

A diagnosis is made via a medical professional’s evaluation, based on specific criteria.

Medical professionals diagnose transvestic disorder when:

  • Individuals have been repeatedly and intensely aroused by cross-dressing, and the arousal has been expressed in fantasies, intense urges, or behaviours.
  • As a result, individuals feel greatly distressed or become less able to function well (at work, in their family, or in interactions with friends).
  • They have had the condition for six (6) months or more.

Most cross-dressers do not have transvestic disorder.

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