The Gendered Self: Further commentary on the transsexual phenomenon by

The Gendered Self

Further commentary on the transsexual phenomenon

by Anne Vitale PhD

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Photo of Dr VItale About the author--

Dr. Vitale is a Licensed Psychologist (Calif #PSY15764) with a history of working with people with gender identity issues for over 25 years. In addition to The Gendered Self, Dr. Vitale is the Author/Editor of Notes on Gender Role Transition.

Dr. Vitale is a long time member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) and the Bay Area Gender Associates (BAGA). Her private practice is located in San Rafael, California.

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From the Introduction:

The material in this book represents my experience in working with more than 500 gender-variant clients over the last 26 years (1984-2010) --covering everything from intake to long-term outcomes. Far from being a strictly medical treatise, this book is about otherwise mentally healthy people with a special existential problem that has and will continue to color their entire lives. It has been a privilege to have worked with these outstanding individuals. Despite their almost overwhelming handicap, the vast majority of people I have worked with have shown themselves to be highly intelligent, motivated and courageous. My practice has also taught me a great deal about the willingness of many of the people around my clients to give up long-held preconceived notions of who they thought gender-variant individuals were and open up to the new and more accurate life-affirming reality.

Table of Contents

Introduction Free pdf download

Chapter 1. A Brief Description of the Problem Abstract

  • The Problem
  • Genderizing the Brain
  • Chapter 2. What It Means to Be Gender Variant: A Developmental Review Abstract
  • Permutations
  • Gender Expression Deprivation Anxiety Disorder (GEDAD)
  • Children
  • Adolescence
  • Early Adulthood
  • Middle Age
  • Older Adult
  • Chapter 3. Living the Lie Abstract
  • Unlived Lives
  • Guilt and Shame
  • Chapter 4. Treatment Limits and Options Abstract

  • Treatment Limits
  • Treatment Options
  • Chapter 5. Therapeutic Interventions Abstract

  • Diagnosis
  • Case Management Model
  • Chapter 6. Clinical InterventionsAbstract

  • Standards of Care-Triadic Sequence
  • Stage I, Evaluation, Diagnosis, Therapy, Education
  • Stage II, Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Stage III, Sex Reassignment Surgery
  • Chapter 7. The Reality of the Real Life Experience Abstract

  • General Relationships
  • Child/Trans Parent
  • Work Place Issues
  • Establishing a Healthy Transsexual Identity
  • Chapter 8. False Starts, Flip Flops and Regrets Abstract

  • Early Regrets/False Starts
  • Mid Transition Land Mines
  • Case History 1: Adverse event
  • Post Transition Regrets
  • Case History 2: Transition--Detransitioning and Retransitioning
  • Chapter 9. Post Transition Life Abstract

  • Genital Surgery...A true turning point
  • Post-op Blues
  • Who Am I Now?
  • Fertility and Reproductive issues
  • Stealth
  • Sexuality / Relationships
  • Relationship to One's Self
  • Chapter 10. Summary and Final Thoughts Abstract

  • The Dark Side
  • The Bright Side

  • Copyright (c) 2010 Anne Vitale PhD --All rights reserved