You are not Alone in Transgender Support!!
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) launched a study on the state of health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. This 2011 report, The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding, found high rates of substance abuse, attempted suicide and HIV infection among other problems in transgender adults. The report concluded that the marginalization of transgender people from society is having a devastating effect on their physical and mental health and are in need of Transgender Support.
A similar conclusion was reached by the 2011 Injustice at Every Turn, survey of nearly 6,450 transgender and gender nonconforming people conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. It found that as many as 63 percent of respondents experienced some form of discrimination due to bias about their gender identity, including the loss of a job, bullying and even physical and sexual assault. As many as 41 percent of respondents reported they had attempted suicide — a rate 25 times higher than that of the general population.
In a study now in press in the American Journal of Public Health, Bockting found that half of the transgender women and a third of the transgender men surveyed said they struggle with depression from the stigma, shame and isolation caused by how others treat them. Anxiety was a significant problem for them, too. People who were the youngest and least educated and those from rural areas had the most psychological distress. In turn, needed the most Transgender Support.
Information taken from American Psychological Associaton- Transgender Today
The Transgender population have different problems to deal with than from the main stream issues a regular person would see in their life. The Trans population face discrimination in all forms and at times feel very alone because of the certain problems they face. Many times, the transgendered have lost their families, close, friends, and sometimes their jobs for making the decision to come out. These cumulative effects are important reasons why Transgender Support is so very important. All these different problems can make an already stressful situation even worse when dealing with trying to come to terms with who they are as well as being accepted.
Gender Dysphoria and Gender Identity Disorder
Gender dysphoria is when a person just doesnt feel right bout the gender they were given in life. Dysphoria is basically a feeling of dissatisfaction, anxiety, and restlessness. When combined, it presents as a manic condition that may have serious consequences in your life which can achieve secondary influences on your job and overall, functional existence. Gender Dysphoria is basically the feelings that one get when they really feel like they have been given the wrong body and need/want to change.
Gender Identity Disorder
Gender dysphoria used to be called “gender identity disorder.” Although it has progressed into nowadays to more of feelings that comes secondary to these issues such as anxiety and depression and not necessarily a disorder unless the person feels it so.
As quoted online at www.slate.com in the article ” Being Transgender is no longer a disorder” and coming from the American Psychiatric Association-
“In May 2013, Gender Identity Disorder will be replaced with the more neutral term gender dysphoria.
Approval of this revision has been years in the making and reflects a narrowing of psychiatrists’ focus to those who experience personal distress over their gender incongruity. Those patients who feel like they need psychological help dealing with their feelings can still seek it out, while those who feel fine need not be marked as ill.”
Now that we have got those terms out of the way:)
Support and Therapy for Transgender
Nowadays since the slight evolving in the understanding of gender identity there are many types of Transgender Support and therapy for the tg population. As well as many counseling options are available. Although some of these options might just be dependent on how fat your wallet is:) From gender, to trans institutes, to all sorts of healing and well being places; someone is there to hold your hand or take your money. My opinion is to just shop around and be patient. No one knows you, what you are going through, and why you need Transgender Support. You are the only one that will understand the support you need and who/what you are comfortable with for support/therapy. We all achieve peace and stability different ways and it is your goal to achieve this in your life. I really do feel that counseling and therapy are essential for the road-map to becoming who you want to be. It provides an ear and maybe some insight on your challenges that is totally independent of your life and probably has good experience with people in your situation. So, please think about this opportunity of Transgender Support and give it a shot. Its not like taking a medication and their should not be any lasting side effects:) Except maybe or hopefully some understanding and acceptance of who you are becoming.
I came across this website, and you should copy and save it for a rainy day. I do not know how relevant it is and please dont hold me accountable but it seemed like a good resource for therapists that specialize in gender issues across the world. It is basically just a list of different therapists that you might be able to see.
Finally, you need to think about socialization and hanging out with people that are going to be positive and help you grow into the woman/man you want to be. Support groups provide this segue into helping you enjoy and start to provide the groundwork for your new life. These groups can be an invaluable place to find answers on new clothes, make up, and just a place to chat about daily struggles that you guys might share. Everyone wants to bitch about things that happen in their lives, right! Well you need someone that understands and has their great insight and story as well. Plus some of these support groups can be free and can provide you with a great place to further your progress after or with therapy. Just do a quick google search and you can find many online and real life support groups probably close by. Your counselor or therapist should have some good options as well.
Leave a comment on any support and therapy options/ideas that you think have helped!!