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Psychiatry and transgender people

This section is about academic and clinical psychiatry, a medical speciality for doctors who can prescribe medications and perform medical procedures. They believe mood, behavior, cognition, and perceptions can be disordered or diseased, and they seek to treat those.

There is also a section on academic and clinical psychology.

For transition information please visit therapists specializing in gender issues.


Many people in our community have been helped by psychiatrists who worked with them to determine the best course of action for their unique transition needs. Psychiatry has also been used as a way to control and even harm our community, especially via disease models of gender identity and expression. One of the most controversial publications in psychiatry is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), which is published by the American Psychiatric Association.

At its worst, psychiatry has been misused in the academic exploitation of our community.

Psychiatrists who are transgender

Psychiatrists covered here


Keuroghlian, Alex S.; Goetz, Teddy G., eds. (2023). Gender-Affirming Psychiatric Care. American Psychiatric Association Publishing, ISBN 9781615374724

Yarbrough, Eric (2018). Transgender Mental Health. American Psychiatric Association Publishing, ISBN 9781615371136


The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (

American Psychiatric Association (