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Dysphoria means feeling distressed or uneasy. Gender dysphoria is a feeling of emotional distress because your inner sense of your gender (gender identity) doesn't match the sex that you were assigned at birth.
For transgender and some gender-diverse people, their gender identity doesn't match the sex that they were assigned at birth. Many, but not all, have gender dysphoria.
Symptoms of gender dysphoria may include feeling:
Some people may feel extra stress because of discrimination in their community. Rejection, prejudice, and fear can cause long-term stress.
Gender dysphoria may be diagnosed when you talk with your doctor about feeling upset or distressed that your gender identity isn't the same as your sex assigned at birth. Children with gender dysphoria may have similar feelings as adults, including feeling upset about parts of their body that don't match their gender identity.
Usually, gender dysphoria is treated by helping someone affirm their gender identity through finding ways to express it.
The types of things that help someone express their gender can vary from person to person. They can also be different for children and young people than for adults.
Non-medical options for expressing gender identity may include:
Medical options may include:
If you have gender dysphoria, know that you're not alone. Many people have gone through what you're going through now. It can be comforting and helpful to talk to those people. You can find them through local or online groups. And you can find a list of websites and online organizations at the LGBT National Help Center (www.glnh.org).
Many, but not all, transgender and gender-diverse people have gender dysphoria. If someone you care about has gender dysphoria, there are ways that you can help.
Gender dysphoria can cause great distress. Feeling loved, supported, and accepted can help.
Organizations such as Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) can help. Go to their website at www.pflag.org to find a list of other useful groups.
Current as of:
February 11, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Adam Husney MD - Family MedicineElizabeth T. Russo MD - Internal MedicineChristine R. Maldonado PhD - Behavioral Health
Current as of: February 11, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Elizabeth T. Russo MD - Internal Medicine & Christine R. Maldonado PhD - Behavioral Health
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