Gender dysphoria is when a person experiences strong, ongoing feelings of discomfort because of their body or the expectations placed on them because of the gender they were assigned at birth. The following tools for coping with gender dysphoria come from trans folks in Calgary, Alberta. Next time things get hard, feel free to try some of their suggestions:
If you have just discovered that you are transgender, remember that you are normal and you are likeable, just as you are. It is normal to feel nervous, excited or upset about the days ahead. Remember that something as amazing as knowing your true self can be great!
You are allowed to like yourself. You are allowed to like parts (or all) of your body. While some transgender people feel extremely uncomfortable with the gender-specific parts of their body, other transgender people might not. You don’t have to hate yourself to be transgender – you just have to know your gender is different than the one you were assigned at birth. If you are struggling with liking yourself, it’s okay to ask for help. Try talking to someone that you trust or call a counsellor. You deserve to like yourself.