European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

, Volume 14, Issue 5, pp 292–296 | Cite as

Comorbidity of Asperger syndrome and gender identity disorder

  • Bernd KraemerEmail author
  • Aba Delsignore
  • Ronnie Gundelfinger
  • Ulrich Schnyder
  • Urs Hepp


The case of a 35-yearold biological woman with Asperger syndrome (AS) and gender identity disorder (GID) fulfilling DSM-IV criteria is reported. Against the background of recently emerging theories of cognitive male pattern underlying autism we present additional psychological assessments in order to discuss any possible interaction or discrimination between AS and GID. Whilst we explain GID as a secondary feature of AS, we examine the assumption of the necessity of treating GID in AS as a primary GID in accordance with international standards. We consider the treatment of GID as compelling, particularly because curative therapy for AS is lacking and with GID treatment in this vein, the patient gains psychosocial improvement.

Key words

Asperger syndrome autistic disorder gender identity transsexualism comorbidity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernd Kraemer
    • 1
    Email author
  • Aba Delsignore
    • 1
  • Ronnie Gundelfinger
    • 2
  • Ulrich Schnyder
    • 1
  • Urs Hepp
    • 1
  1. 1.Psychiatric DepartmentUniversity HospitalZurichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Zentrum fuer Kinder und JugendpsychiatrieZurichSwitzerland

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