What is Dysphoria?

charlie.mtf Staff asked 8 months ago

What is Gender Dysphoria?

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charlie.mtf Staff answered 8 months ago

Dysphoria (from Greek: δύσφορος (dysphoros), δυσ-, difficult, and φέρειν, to bear) is a profound state of unease or dissatisfaction. In a psychiatric context, dysphoria may accompany depression, anxiety, or agitation. The term is often used to refer to gender dysphoria, experienced by people whose gender identity does not align with their assigned sex. Common reactions to dysphoria include emotional distress; in some cases, even physical distress. The opposite state of mind is known as euphoria.
Gender dysphoria (GD) is discomfort, unhappiness, or distress due to one’s gender or physical sex. The current edition (DSM-5) of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders uses the term “gender dysphoria” where it previously referred to “gender identity disorder”, making it clear that they no longer consider the gender identity to be disordered, but rather the emotional state of distress which results from the gender identity.
Treatment for gender dysphoria may involve supporting the person through changes in gender expression. Hormone therapy or surgery may be used to assist such changes. Treatment may also include counseling or psychotherapy.