Gender Dys. & Body Dys.

Acknowledging that you're having a hard time is a huge first step, you're amazing for taking your mental health into consideration! It can be intimidating to reach out, I hope this resource will help you gain a greater understanding of the available options, as well as find a kind & supportive professional team!

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What is Gender Dysphoria?

an individual's discontent with the assigned gender. It is more specifically defined when used as a diagnosis. Transgender - refers to the broad spectrum of individuals who transiently or persistently identify with a gender different from their gender at birth. - Mayoclinic.com

What is Body Dysmorphia?

Body dysmorphic disorder is a mental health disorder in which one can't stop thinking about one or more perceived defects / flaws in appearance — a flaw that appears minor or can't be seen by others. One may feel so embarrassed, ashamed and anxious that they may avoid many social situations. A person with body dysmorphic disorder, intensely focuses on their appearance and body image, repeatedly checking the mirror, grooming or seeking reassurance, sometimes for many hours each day. The perceived flaw and the repetitive behaviors cause significant distress, and impact one's ability to function in daily life.

A person with BDD may seek out numerous cosmetic procedures to try to "fix" the perceived flaw. They may experience temporary satisfaction or a reduction in distress, but often the anxiety returns and they may resume searching for other ways to fix the perceived flaw.

Treatment of body dysmorphic disorder may include cognitive behavioral therapy and medication. - Mayoclinic.com

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