Logical question here. I don't understand it, I'm trying to (purely from a knowledge standpoint) but I truly have no idea.
I don't see it being a full on mental disorder, I just don't. They understand that they are BIOLOGICALLY a certain gender, however they feel more attached to the other gender, so they change their identity. This doesn't scream mental disorder to me.
What it COULD be is a type of personality disorder. Sorry, but I don't buy the whole "it's not a disorder if nobody gets hurt" thing. That makes no sense. You can't pick and chose based on circumstance, it's either a problem in the brain or it's not. Narcissists, sociopaths and pedophiles are born the way they are (at least I believe so), and I think we might have a similar thing with trans. You don't wake up one day and decide to identify as another gender, I believe it's gradual. I guarantee that in this case many people have struggled with "how they are different" (again not unlike narcissists, sociopaths and pedophiles). Yes, I do believe narcissists (TRUE narcissists) do realize they are different...underneath the self absorbing shell there is a sad, sad person. I know for a fact that certain sociopaths are depressed because they cannot feel emotion for others. You can care about the fact that you don't care, not that it'll make you care any more than you already do. Pedophiles...as long as they don't act on it, they are actually better off and get through life just fine, though I suppose not fully happy.
Anyway, what is your opinion on trans? I'm really just brainstorming here because I got nothing. I am pretty much addicted to learning about the brain, personality disorders especially. I do think we need more logic, less "coddling" when it comes to this, though. People are too damn sensitive today.
Isn't it sad that if I want to openly talk about this or have a question like this, this is the only place (online OR offline) that I can ask without people flipping out?