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Transvestic Disorder Symptoms

Transvestic disorder is cross-dressing, or dressing in the clothes of the opposite gender, to become sexually aroused. It must occur over a period of at least 6 months and cause severe distress to the individual in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning. This disorder produces intense sexually-arousing fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors involving cross-dressing.

Though not necessary, this disorder can occur with fetishism (the person is sexually aroused by materials, garments, or fabrics) or with autogynephilia (the person is sexually aroused by thoughts or images of oneself as a female).

If a person has had a history of this disorder but it has not caused distress or impairment within the past 5 years, the person would be considered “in remission”

 

This criteria has been updated for (2013) DSM-5 (Diagnostic code 302.3).


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Grohol, J. (2020). Transvestic Disorder Symptoms. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 10, 2020, from https://psychcentral.com/disorders/transvestic-fetishism-symptoms/
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