Gender and sexuality are complex and can be difficult to navigate. At the University of Chicago Medicine, we offer an interdisciplinary approach to provide patients of all ages with individualized support along their journey, wherever they may be.
Whether you are just starting to question and explore your identity or are much further along in your transitional journey, our team of behavioral health providers is here to offer education, support and guidance along the way.
Mental & Behavioral Health Services Available
UChicago Medicine offers a wide range of mental and behavioral health services for transgender, gender non-conforming and gender-questioning individuals. We provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, ongoing medication management and psychotherapy for general psychiatric symptoms and conditions including:
- Bipolar disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Substance abuse
We also provide support for transgender-specific issues and needs, such as:
- Evaluations for gender-affirming treatments
- Referrals for gender-affirming treatments
Frequently Asked Questions
Gender dysphoria refers to the distress or discomfort that some feel when their experienced or expressed gender doesn’t match their assigned gender. Those who experience gender dysphoria may consistently feel a strong desire to be of the other gender or some alternative gender different from their assigned gender. They also might feel uncomfortable with certain parts of their body. Gender dysphoria can cause clinically significant distress and even impairment in social, school or other important areas of functioning.
Mental health providers who are trained and focused on helping those struggling with gender dysphoria and other gender-related issues can offer a safe space to explore gender identity while providing support to help navigate concerns or difficulties that may arise along the way. Mental health providers can also connect patients to other specialized medical providers to explore options for medical transitioning (hormone therapy and/or surgery) if they are interested and ready.
Each person’s transitional journey is different. Additionally, people can seek care at different points during their transitional journey. Establishing a relationship with a provider is an important part of the process. This allows patients to address any barriers they may have to living in a gender role that matches their gender identity and helping them feel ready to successfully transition.