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Can someone help me with the psychological appointment at Monash gender clinic?

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I've been referred to the Monash gender clinic for a psychological assessment. I was told I would be doing some tests. Has anyone done this & what's it like? It's freaking me out!!
asked Jun 25, 2012 in Health by anonymous

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My experience was something like 5 appointments with Dr Harte for a diagnosis and 2 appointments with Dr Erasmus for a concurring opinion.

As for tests, I did a number of on-paper questionaires for depression, anxiety, dissociative personality disorder, and a rather essentialist questionaire on gender (seriously 1950s). I was asked a lot of questions, especially about my childhood.

I was already on hormones by the time I saw a Monash doctor, but it's possible they may also request baseline bloodtests (I had these when I went onto hormones).

I was asked if I would participate in a genetic study, where they are looking for genetic markers for transness, but this was not related to my diagnosis.
answered Jun 26, 2012 by anonymous
What happens if they discover you have depression or suffer from anxiety?
I do have a history of depression [I suspect many of us do], including a suicide attempt, and a few other intense incidents. We discussed it. I was in remission at the time of my assessment [so I can't speak specifically to what would happen if you showed strong symptoms], but I had a relapse after my op, which Dr Harte is helping me to manage.
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There is no reason to freak out. I went through the Monash program recently and found them to be pretty helpful. Like anonymous above, it was spending a lot of time talking and a brief amount of on-paper questionaires. It wasn't that scary. Remember that they are on your side and there to help.
answered Jun 26, 2012 by serenity (180 points)
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Just to add to the previous responses, sometimes the doctors will refer someone for an assessment by the clinical psychologist. This assessment is done in one day and lasts for 4-5 hours with breaks. The assessment includes a brief interview and more detailed psychological testing (pen and paper questionnaires). The main tests that are conducted are the WAIS which looks at various cognitive strengths (such as problem solving) and the other is the MMPI which looks at various personality traits that you have. Most people find these assessments to be quite interesting and informative. The results are used by the doctors to see whether additional supports are needed for you during your transition. I hope this is helpful and reassuring.
answered Jun 27, 2012 by drj (400 points)
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never even 'looked' at what is entailed in these. For someone nearing 40 I guess it will be quite a long road but thanks for the answers and good luck to everyone.

answered Jun 28, 2012 by anonymous
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Hmm... I've just received my letter from Dr. Harte after 6 sessions. However I didn't receive any concurring opinion from Dr. Erasmus.

I asked about this and was told that would be completed when I requested GRS, following 12 - 24 months of living full-time (RLT).

Like the others, I completed a number of tests and yes, some were very old and aligned with the common misconception that to be transgendered one must be gay, instead of heterosexual.

Overall, I found the sessions tiring, however these became easier as time progressed. I wouldn't have wanted them completed in any less time as it gave me time to reflect upon each session, raise different concerns and ensure that I was maintaining consistency; not suffering any other psychotheraptic condition.
answered Aug 5, 2012 by anonymous