Did you know the chances are high that you either know or are acquainted with a person who identifies as transgender? This has led to a surge in popularity regarding gender dysphoria. Gender dysphoria is defined by stress, anxiety, and depression caused by the inner conflict of a person identifying as one gender while having the anatomy of another. While this may seem like an isolated issue for a small percentage of the population, studies show that almost 1 in 10 people have some degree of gender dysphoria. The majority of these people remain anonymous and live out their lives without revealing their secret to anyone else. What is gender dysphoria? How does it affect you? Keep reading to learn more about this condition and its implications on society today.
What is Gender Dysphoria?
The easiest way to understand gender dysphoria is to think about clothing. We all have an innate sense of what clothing is meant for men and what clothing is meant for women. This is the same concept with gender dysphoria. It is a person’s innate feeling of being in the wrong body. To give you an example, a person who identifies as a man, but has all the anatomy of a woman would have gender dysphoria. This is why the term transgender is often used interchangeably with the term gender dysphoria.
Gender dysphoria is more than just a feeling. It’s a medical condition that affects a person’s daily life and mental health. It can cause intense feelings of distress and anxiety. It can lead to depression and feelings of hopelessness.
Signs of Gender Dysphoria
- Feelings of sadness or anxiety when one is not being their authentic self
- Having a need or desire to express oneself in a manner consistent with one’s gender identity
- Having a compulsion to hide one’s actual anatomy
- Having a feeling of uneasiness or discontent when one is perceived as one gender
- Feeling shame or disgust for the anatomy that one has
- Feeling uncomfortable when others use pronouns to identify you or when people refer to you with certain names
- Feeling that one is trapped in the wrong body
- Having thoughts of suicide or self-harm
Why Does it Matter to You?
- It can lead to more instances of depression and suicide.
- It can lead to a higher instance of anxiety and mental illness.
- It can cause a person to be more likely to use drugs.
- It can make people more likely to be homeless.
- It can lead to a higher instance of bullying.
- It can lead to a lower instance of productivity at work and school.
- It can lead to a higher instance of law violations.
- It can lead to an increase in domestic abuse.
How Does it Affect You?
- It can lead to an increase in healthcare costs.
- It can lead to an increase in productivity loss.
- It can lead to an increase in the number of suicides.
- It can lead to an increase in the number of law violations.
- It can lead to an increase in the number of homeless people.
- It can lead to an increase in bullying in schools and workplaces.
- It can lead to an increase in the number of people who use drugs.
- It can lead to an increase in the number of people who can’t hold down a job.
How to Help Someone With Gender Dysphoria?
Being supportive and encouraging is a powerful first step in helping someone with gender dysphoria. The next step is learning more about what they’re going through. Reading articles like this one is a great place to start. You can also ask the person questions about their experiences. A person with gender dysphoria will want someone who is empathetic and kind. They don’t want someone who is going to belittle them or make them feel judged.
Finally, you can use your status and privilege to help other people with gender dysphoria. You can become an advocate for better health care and more resources for people with gender dysphoria. You can also help to reduce stigma associated with gender dysphoria.
Gender dysphoria is a serious issue that can have a lasting impact on someone’s life. It can lead to a variety of negative outcomes. Fortunately, it can also be treated and managed with the appropriate care. If you know someone who is struggling with gender dysphoria, offer them support and encouragement.