Gender dysphoria and psychotic spectrum disorders

Aron Janssen*, Brandon S. Ito

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This chapter highlights the experience of Amy, a 20-year-old transgender female with diagnoses of schizoaffective disorder, gender dysphoria, marijuana use disorder, and a history of cocaine abuse who was initially referred to an outpatient gender and sexuality mental health clinic at age 17 for an evaluation of gender and sexual identity issues. This case hopes to illustrate the developmental pathway of an adolescent with gender dysphoria and psychosis, to examine unique challenges in treating patients with both psychotic spectrum disorders and gender dysphoria, and to highlight the frequent traumas transgender individuals' face as a part of their gender identity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAffirmative Mental Health Care for Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth
Subtitle of host publicationA Clinical Guide
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9783319783079
ISBN (Print)9783319783062
StatePublished - May 22 2018


  • Adolescent psychiatry
  • Child psychiatry
  • Gender dysphoria
  • Schizoaffective disorder
  • Transgender

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Psychology


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