Gender dysphoria is a term that is used to describe how unhappy someone may feel about their mismatched gender identity and their biological sex. This unhappiness can be so intense that it could lead to anxiety and depression. In addition to this, a person’s daily life could be affected. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline. 

What is Gender Identity?

When people talk about gender identity they are referring to their sense of who they are, and how they describe and see themselves. Many people identify as female or male. These are often referred to as binary identities. 

Some people feel that their biological sex and their gender identity are different from each other. For example, someone may have female genitalia and breasts but not feel feminine or identify as a female. Someone may have male genitalia and facial hair but not feel masculine or identify as male. Other people seem themselves as non-binary. This means that their gender has no relevance to who they are.

Signs of Gender Dysphoria

People who have gender dysphoria might have made changes to their behaviour, appearance, or interests.

They may also seem distressed or feel uncomfortable. Other signs can include: 

  • Anxiety or depression 
  • Being socially isolated
  • Being withdrawn
  • Having low self-esteem
  • Neglecting themselves
  • Taking risks 

Where to Find Help 

Whether you’re looking for help with gender dysphoria in Selby or the surrounding areas, the good news is help is out there. 

Please visit your doctor if you think you have gender dysphoria. 

If your doctor thinks you have gender dysphoria they can potentially refer you to a gender dysphoria clinic (GDC). An assessment by a mental health professional does not need to take place. 

It is possible to refer yourself to a clinic, but you may be more successful if you go through your doctor. If you are already speaking to a psychologist or a doctor consider asking them for a referral. 

You can also find help online from websites such as psychcom.net and other sites/forums. 

Treatment 

Once the team at the clinic have assessed you, they could work on a treatment plan with you. If the team does not think you have gender dysphoria, they may recommend other types of treatment. 

Treatments that are supplied by a GDC are used to help provide long-lasting relief. Relief can mean different things to everyone. Some people might find that confirmation of their identity is enough, others might find that surgery or hormone treatment is needed. For more information, please refer to NHS.UK or speak to your GP. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk