What Does Gender Dysphoria Feel Like?

Feeling that your body does not reflect your true gender can cause severe distress, anxiety, and depression.

“Dysphoria” is a feeling of dissatisfaction, anxiety, and restlessness.

How do I know if I have gender dysphoria?

To be diagnosed with gender dysphoria, a teenager or adult should:

  • Feel they are the wrong sex. Feel persistently and strongly that they are the wrong sex and feel a strong identification with the opposite sex.
  • Feel discomfort in their sex.
  • Physical attributes.
  • Experience distress.
  • Experience anxiety.

What does Nonbinary dysphoria feel like?

Gender dysphoria in nonbinary people may manifest in slightly different ways, including: A shifting attitude toward gender signifiers. For example, a person might dislike their breasts one day but feel fine with them on another day. Feeling troubled by some gender signifiers but not others.

Do I have gender dysphoria or body dysmorphia?

Body dysmorphia: Those with body dysmorphia have a distorted view of how they look, while those with gender dysphoria suffer no distortion. They have feelings of anxiety and depression, as they truly know who they are on the inside, despite this not fitting with their biological sex.

Can gender dysphoria go away?

According to prospective studies, the majority of children diagnosed with gender dysphoria cease to desire to be the other sex by puberty, with most growing up to identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual, with or without therapeutic intervention. If the dysphoria persists into puberty, it is very likely permanent.