A Transgender Refugee Woman Experiencing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms and Homelessness

This manuscript discusses how service providers can assist transgender youth in safely and successfully exiting homelessness.

Key Points:

  • Transgender individuals experience high rates of violence,discrimination and homelessness.

  • Psychiatric disorders should be managed before or concurrent with medical transition for gender dysphoria.

  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be a psychiatric comorbidity for transgender individuals who frequently experience recurrent trauma; intersectional oppression and social determinants of health need to be addressed for adequate treatment of PTSD.

  • Addressing homelessness and other social determinants of health requires long-term engagement with interdisciplinary team support.

  • Access to medical transition has been associated with significantly reduced suicidality.

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