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Forums / Sexuality and gender identity / how to deal with dysphoria?

Topic: how to deal with dysphoria?

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  1. DragonFlower
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    21 January 2022
    I no longer know what the hell I am but this dysphoria is killing me, are there any ways you know to help? also how do you know what your gender/sexuality/orientation/etc is bc im really confused and i cant tell whats real anymore
  2. Sophie_M
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    21 January 2022 in reply to DragonFlower
    Hi DragonFlower, 

    We are sorry to hear that you have been experiencing dysphoria. We understand how confusing things can be, so we just want to remind you that you never have to go through this alone.

    We want you to know that there is always extra immediate support available to you, whether it's from our professional mental health counsellors Beyond Blue (available 24/7 on 1300 22 4636) or our friends at Lifeline (13 11 14) or the Suicide Call Back Service (1300 659 467).

    We hope that you will find some comfort here on the forums
  3. Katyonthehamsterwheel
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    22 January 2022 in reply to DragonFlower


    Sorry you’re finding things challenging at the moment. I think for some people, their identity is quite clear to them, but for others less so. Maybe it might help to try something on and see if it fits? Or maybe it’s fluid and what fits sometimes doesn’t fit at others?

    Happy to listen if you feel like talking more here. I’m not sure if something has happened for you that’s brought up some feelings around this, but if you want to share, we’re good listeners. Sophie has also provided some resources, and there’s also Qlife who assist people in exploring these type of issues.


  4. therising
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    22 January 2022 in reply to DragonFlower

    Hi DragonFlower

    My heart truly goes out to you as you face what sounds like the most challenging time of your life. It's tough to be facing a massive challenge with so few answers.

    Getting a true sense of our natural self can be such a struggle at times. While we can be raised to identify in one way, the identity that's developed can sometimes be the wrong one or perhaps too limited. At some point we may feel it as the wrong one, feel the limitation at such an incredibly deep level.

    When you consider how we start out in life, in our early years we don't identify by gender in any significant way. At the age of 3 we don't stand in front of the mirror proclaiming 'I'm a girl' or 'I'm a boy'. We simply start out as our natural self which gradually develops beliefs and preferences. Of course, our beliefs and preferences can be swayed depending on how we're raised and what culture we find our self in. If you're raised to see pansexuality, for example, as 'ridiculous', then you'll be led to believe it's ridiculous even if that belief feels wrong or depressing. So, what happens when you get to a certain point in life where you may feel or experience elements of pansexuality? You may be left struggling with what's 'ridiculous'. The truth remains, if someone has no preference regarding identity in this way, they are naturally open minded. In a way, you could say they are struggling with becoming more open minded when they were raised to keep a closed mind.

    Would you say one of the challenges you face at the moment is perhaps the challenge of opening your mind to who you may naturally be? Do you have a variety of open minded people around you, who could lead you to discover who you naturally are? I think we get a feel for who we naturally are. For example, when it comes to intense energy, you can physically feel an energetic attraction to a person. It can feel incredibly exciting. Who would you say you feel that most toward? Male, female, both? No need to answer, just leading you to see if you can get a feel for the kind of energy I'm talking about. Are you attracted to the energy or nature of a person, as opposed to being attracted to largely gender based factors? Again, no need to answer.

    How would it be to gradually get a feel for who you naturally are, through the process of elimination and discovery?

    Btw, I've found reality tends to shift, for the better, when you surround yourself with open minded people who lead you to discover who you naturally are :)

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