Mental Health Care for Transgender and Gender Diverse People According to Standards of Care for the Health of Transgender and Gender Diverse People, Version 8 (SOC-8)

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Komsan Kiatrungrit


Transgender and gender diverse individuals (TGD) make up a proportion of 0.5-8.4% of both children and adults. This group is at increased risk of various mental health problems due to lack of acceptance, discrimination, isolation, and rejection from society. They experience higher rates of mental health issues compared to the general population. Despite some of these issues are due to complex social problems, it has been found that mental health issues can improve with gender-affirming treatments, including hormone therapy and surgery. The World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH) has published standards of care for the health of transgender individuals, which are based on research evidence and expert consensus. The latest version, version 8, was released in 2022 and provides guidelines for the care of TGD individuals. The author has reviewed the necessary knowledge and translated these guidelines to provide appropriate guidance to healthcare providers for the mental health care of TGD individuals in Thailand for the benefit of this population.

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Kiatrungrit, K. (2023). Mental Health Care for Transgender and Gender Diverse People According to Standards of Care for the Health of Transgender and Gender Diverse People, Version 8 (SOC-8). Journal of the Psychiatric Association of Thailand, 68(2), 238–252. Retrieved from
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