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Turin Italy Talk ( Who'a afraid of Depathologization)

Text of talk given via video at the “Whos Afraid Of Depathologization” conference in Turin Italy, March 31, 2012.

Video available on YouTube.com

Anne Vitale PhD

Bon Journo

I want to thank Christian Ballerin and the others at Circolo LGBTQ Maurice for inviting me to address this gathering.

I’m Dr Anne Vitale...a psychologist in private practice in the San Francisco, California Bay area where I have been specializing in gender issues since 1978.

I have been asked to answer three questions:

Why is transsexuality considered a pathology?
Are there other --less stigmatizing and perhaps more accurate words we can use to define the issue?
How can depathologization of gender issues change transpersons life's?

This is a very important and timely topic. One can write a book on these three questions alone. Since I only hav...

Current Thinking on the Etiology of Gender Dysphoria

Current Thinking on the Etiology of Gender Dysphoria

Reprinted fromThe Gendered Self--Further commentary on the transsexual phenomenon  (2010, pp 13-16)

May 23, 2011

The CLIENT/THERAPIST CONFLICT: How it started and some thoughts on how to resolve it.

How it started and some thoughts on how to resolve it.

By Anne Vitale PhD
Upadated November 28, 2011
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Keywords: Gatekeeper,Transsexualism, Gender Identity Disorder, WPATH Standards of Care, hormone and surgery letters

Abstract: This essay outlines the history of the ongoing conflict between clients who present for gender reassignment and the clinicians who treat them. Ea...

The Gender Variant Phenomenon--A Developmental Review

By Anne Vitale Ph.D.

January 27, 2003

NOTE: This is taken, in part, from a paper I wrote in 2001 entitled Implications of Being Gender Dysphoric: A Developmental Review. It was peer reviewed and published in Gender and Psychoanalysis, An Interdisciplinary Journal, Vol. 6 No. 2, Spring 2001, pp 121-141. I have updated it and post it here to make it available over the internet.


Living in conflict with one of the basic tenets of existence (Am I male or am I female?) is understandably anxiety provoking. This fact leads me to suggest that Gender Identity Disorder as this conflict is described in the DSM IV, is not an appropriate descriptor. I suggest here as I have elsewhere (Vitale, 1997, 2001) that instead the condition be termed Gender Expression Deprivation Anxiety Disorder (GEDAD). After explaining my thinking on gender expression deprivation anxiety, I will describe how this anxiety, if left untreated, is manifested in each of the fi...

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