Welcome back to our continuing series on gender dysphoria. In our previous post, we examined the causes of gender dysphoria and the ways that it manifests throughout the different stages of life. Many people who have gender dysphoria are prone to co-occurring mental health issues that friends, family, and loved ones should be aware of. Identifying these signs and symptoms is essential. For more information, call our facility for Raleigh mental health services. Legacy Freedom can help you.
Many people who experience gender dysphoria also experience:
- Anxiety disorders - These disorders may manifest in several different ways. In young children, separation anxiety may become prevalent. Children may also experience generalized anxiety disorders as well. Adults with gender dysphoria will experience generalized anxiety as well as panic attacks and social anxiety.
- Depressive disorders - Children will exhibit general sadness and depressive symptoms like loss of interest in play or friends. In adolescents and adults, the symptoms of depression in relation to gender dysphoria are much more severe. Before gender reassignment surgery, these groups display an increased risk of suicidal behaviors and attempts. These suicidal feelings may continue after the reassignment surgery.
- Personality disorders - Males who experience gender dysphoria are more likely to have co-occurring personality disorders than females. Men are more prone to fetishism, especially transvestic fetishism.
- Low self-esteem - Being singled out, ostracized, or teased for identifying with the opposite sex can contribute to a myriad of issues including anxiety and depression. For those who are experiencing gender dysphoria, attending school or holding a job may be challenging. Many children who identify with the other sex drop out of school or avoid school altogether.
- Substance abuse - Drug and alcohol abuse are common among those with gender dysphoria. Choosing to self-medicate to cope with stress, anxiety, and depression through the use of illicit drugs and alcohol aggravates co-occurring issues.
Support from family and friends is crucial for someone whose gender is a source of distress. At Legacy Freedom of Raleigh, we understand that these relationships can become strained. We offer friends, family, and loved ones the chance to be involved in your care and treatment to help them understand and support you away from our outpatient facility. Traditional talk therapy in groups and one-on-one settings help you get to the root of your co-occurring issues and learn new coping mechanisms to deal with your depression or anxiety. Addressing these underlying causes relieves the urge to abuse alcohol or drugs for most clients.
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Alternative therapies can help you cope with the stress, anxiety, and depression that gender dysphoria brings. Whether you choose equine therapy, yoga, tai chi or inner child therapy, your care team will help you select the right treatment for your needs and interests. Our holistic approach to Raleigh mental health services puts you at the center of everything we do. We don't just treat your mental illness or your substance abuse, we treat the whole person, mind, body and spirit.
If you, or someone you love, are struggling with issues related to your gender identity, we can help. Our care team is ready to connect you with a therapist and a team of clinicians that can help you take control of your life. Stop letting anxiety and depression control you. The help you need and the healing you deserve begins with a call or a click to Legacy Freedom. What are you waiting for? Connect with us today!