5-Year-Old British Boy Diagnosed With Gender Identity Disorder
A five-year-old British boy has been diagnosed with gender identity disorder, which makes him one of the youngest children in the U.K. to have the condition, the Telegraph reported.
Zachary Avery has expressed that he was born in the wrong body since he was just three. The boy’s mother, Theresa Avery, initially thought that her son was going through a phase but Zachary would often become angry if he was referred to as a boy and he told his parents he wanted to wear girl’s clothes.
Zachary’s parents took him to doctors and after months of studies and visits they concluded that the boy had gender identity disorder -- a diagnosis that describes someone who is significantly discontent with their gender.
A year later, Zachary’s look has dramatically change. He now has pigtails, pink glasses and a collection of dolls. He’s called Zachy and his parents say he is much happier.
"I would love to have my son back, but I want him to be happy," Theresa said. "If this is the route he wants to take, if this is what makes him happy, then so be it. I would rather him have my full support. He likes playing with his sister’s old toys but he still loves Dr Who too and playing with his brother. And we still put some neutral clothes in his wardrobe if he ever decides he wants to wear them."
"We leave it up to him to decide what he wants to do. If he changes his mind and wants to be a boy again then he does, but if he doesn’t, he doesn’t," she added. "People need to be aware of this condition because it’s very common but even many family support workers have never heard of cases in children."