Although I have been given various diagnoses all within the mental illness category, I now believe my diagnosis is not mental illness and the mental illness I have is completely an effect of my actual condition--transvestic fetishism.
I come to this conclusion after reading the wikipedia entry on transvestic fetishism. This is not the end of the matter. This wikipedia entry says that,
"Occurrence of transvestic fetishism is uncorrelated to occurrence of gender identity disorder. Most men who have transvestic fetishism do not have a problem with their assigned sex."
After long soul-searching I have come to the conclusion I do have gender identity disorder. I used to not exhibit it, but this was mostly because I was afraid to embrace my condition and live it as fully as I really wanted to.
Since beginning cross-dressing in my apartment--and never outside it--I have seen that I am picking up little cues at every turn to my preference for having female anatomy. This is difficult to a certain extent because the two genders have primary characteristics that are different. But the imagination, once it sets its mind, can make up for a lot of this.
I don't like the stories I have heard about sex change operation results and I don't have the money for one even if I did.
The wikipedia entry says that transvestic fetishism
"is categorized as a paraphilia in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association."
I'll have to look that up.
The entry also says that the condition
"causes clinically significant distress or impairment, whether socially, at work, or elsewhere."
This is the explanation for my diagnosis of various mental illnesses. The wording here is critical--"clinically significant."
Now I can tell my psychiatrist about it.
Friday, October 21, 2011
A diagnosis for my condition.
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