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  • Sam DiFranco

<strong>Star Point Counseling center Tampa, Fl & Brandon, Fl </strong>

Gender dysphoria, also known as gender incongruence, may be experienced by transgenderindividuals and others whose gender does not align with the gender they were assigned at birth. Some people may develop mental health concerns as a result of distress experienced with gender dysphoria, but this incongruence itself is not a mental health condition, just as being transgender is not a mental health condition.

Many—though not all—trans people experience dysphoria. Non-binary, agender, and other gender non-conforming individuals might also experience dysphoria, as may some intersex people. Anxiety, depression, stress, and feelings of isolation may develop in those who experience dysphoria, and a therapist at Star Point Counseling center in Tampa, Fl & Brandon, Fl can offer support to individuals coping with these and other concerns.

However, people who have dysphoria may develop depression, anxiety or face other challenges to mental and emotional well-being, often as a result of societal judgment, stigma, transphobia, and/or harmful stereotypes. People may experience dysphoria regardless of their gender identity; that is, non-binary or gender-nonconforming individuals are equally likely to experience body or social dysphoria.

A person may continue to experience dysphoric feelings for months or even years. Some may be significantly impacted by dysphoria, but for others, the distressing feelings may only rarely surface. For many, outwardly expressing their actual gender helps address the sense of gender incongruence and may reduce dysphoric feelings. There is no specific treatment for gender dysphoria, but those experiencing distressing feelings typically can take a number of steps to address them.

Many work through feelings of dysphoria with the help of a trained therapist at Star Point Counseling center Tampa, Fl & Brandon, Fl.

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