Gender identity, also known as gender dysphoria, is the feeling of discomfort or distress that might occur in people whose gender identity differs from their sex assigned at birth or sex-related physical characteristics. Transgender and gender-diverse individuals might experience gender dysphoria at some point in their lives. Though gender dysphoria often begins in childhood, some people may not experience it until after puberty or much later.
Challenges and Complications:
Transgender people suffer from high levels of stigmatization, discrimination, and victimization, contributing to negative self-image and increased rates of other mental health disorders. Suicide rates among transgender people are markedly higher than the general population.
Oftentimes, those who embrace their gender identity are victims of bullying and discrimination at school. Transgender individuals may also face challenges in accessing appropriate health care and insurance coverage of related services. We are very proud to say that this is not the experience you will have with our team of professionals.
Support for individuals with gender dysphoria may include open-ended exploration of their feelings and experiences of gender identity and expression without your provider having any pre-defined gender identity or expression outcome defined as preferable to another. The goal is not to change how you feel about your gender. Instead, we are here to address distress and other emotional harm. With the help of MHP’s mental health professionals, you can choose the treatment that is best for you.
Here at MHP, we are here to support you through your journey of becoming the best version of yourself, no matter how long that journey might be. We are proud to have a wide range of providers who are all LGBTQ+ friendly and open to any and all conversations that you would like to share with your mental health professional.
If you would like to learn more about how we can support you throughout your journey, please do not hesitate to reach out. We are here for you. Request an appointment with Mile High Psychiatry to learn more.