Chapter 14: sexual and gender identity disorders: sexual and gender identity disorders: in dsm-iv, disorders comprising the paraphilis, sexual dysfunctions, and gender identity disorders. Characteristics of gender identity disorder: people with gender identity disorder (gid), sometimes referred to as transsexualism; feel deep within themselves, usually from early childhood, that they are of the opposite sex. They have an aversion to same-sex clothing and activities. The evidence of their anatomy normal genitals and the usual secondary sex characteristics, such as beard growth for men and developed breasts for women does not persuade them that they are what others see them to be. A man can look at himself in a mirror, see the body of biological man, and yet personally experience that body as belonging to a woman. Therapies for gender identity disorder: sex-reassignment surgery is an operation in which the existing genitalia are altered to make them more like those of the opposite sex.