Originally published at Yahoo News
The problem began for Walt Heyer when he was just 5 years old, when he says his grandmother routinely slipped him into dresses, gushing about how she’d prefer him as a girl. Nearly 40 years later, a psychiatrist diagnosed him with gender dysphoria and approved him for sex reassignment surgery. Then came divorce, surgery and a life as Laura Jensen. The euphoria did not last long. After learning of his transition, his company fired him as he continued to pay child support. He began drinking and overdosed on cocaine.
After rehab, he enrolled in a counselor certification program and saw transgender patients grappling with depression and other psychiatric disorders. Wondering whether he had an undiagnosed disorder, he saw another psychiatrist. The new diagnosis? Dissociative identity disorder; he had developed distinct male and female identities. “I was misdiagnosed.”