I had to study over recent years on layman level, whether OCD in general vs "transgender self-perception" (clinical definition of gender dysphoria?) are separate phenomena or they overlap.

What about genderfluid persons, which experience various self-thoughts and feelings over time?

In other words, how one can distinguish, do they experience actual gender dysphoria or it's just OCD symptoms? Or can they overlap?

I read lately these articles in particular, yet have hard time to grasp my mind:

  1. Assessment of Self-Perception of Transsexual Persons: Pilot Study of 15 Patients
  2. Personality Disorders in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Chemically Dependent Patients
  3. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Presenting as Gender Dysphoria/Gender Incongruence: A Case Report and Literature Review
  4. Case Report: Doubts and Pre-occupations About Being Transgender: Questioning One's Gender Identity or a Case of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?
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    $\begingroup$ "More recently, gender identity has become a topic of OCD doubt. As this case illustrates, though, not all gender identity-based doubt is OCD." (In your 4th articles link) $\endgroup$ May 21, 2022 at 8:58
  • $\begingroup$ ok, that tells towards "these two can overlap" case. thanks. $\endgroup$
    – aytvill
    May 21, 2022 at 9:00
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    $\begingroup$ After some thought on this question, I have given you an upvote for a good question. While it can be seen to be controversial, the question is asking about the merit of an OCD diagnosis over gender identity-based doubts. Welcome to Psychology.SE 🙂 $\endgroup$ May 22, 2022 at 7:33
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    $\begingroup$ With your last comment, I cannot properly answer your question, but from my understanding, you can have overlaps, but you can also have gender identity-based doubts without suffering from OCD, just as much as you can suffer from OCD without having gender identity-based doubts. It will be interesting to see answers to this $\endgroup$ May 22, 2022 at 7:38


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