Although there is much to learn about gender dysphoria, we must recognize that it is real, one cannot simply “snap out of it” by force of will, and it generally causes significant distress to those who suffer from it.
For the person with gender dysphoria, much like Christ himself, no “how-to” manual on carrying the cross is provided. Only grace will be sufficient here.
Previously, we introduced the reader to gender dysphoria and to whether there is something distinctly Christian to be offered to someone who faces real and enduring psychological and emotional distress. Now, let’s take a more practical approach to this discussion.
So, if even the integration of Christian elements into adaptive coping doesn't work for a dysphoric individual, what else does Christianity potentially bring to the discussion of coping? In this article, we will discuss the unique gifts God offers those within the Christian faith to support themselves and others in the midst of navigating these troubled waters in daily life.
This week iAt presents a 4-part series entitled, "Gender Dysphoria & the Question of Distinctly Christian Resources," written by Mark A. Yarhouse, Psy.D. & Julia Sadusky, M.A.