|1.||Emotional Health and Wellbeing||2.||Gender Identity||3.||How Can I Help Myself Cope with Gender Dysphoria|
|4.||Information on Treatment and Support for Gender Dysphoria|
2. Gender Identity (Gender Dysphoria)
Your gender was assigned at birth and was dependant on your genitals (a vagina or penis). Your gender identity is not dependant on what genitals you have but on what you feel you are.
Gender identity and biological sex are the same for most people; however this isn't the case for everyone. While some people will be born a girl they may choose to look and act like a boy and vice versa and some people don't identify as either gender. When your gender identity doesn't match your biological gender this is known as Gender Dysphoria.
When you don't feel comfortable in your own skin, you may feel trapped in the body you are in. This is not only confusing but very upsetting, especially if you have never met anyone that is like you or don't feel you can talk to someone.
The signs of Gender Dysphoria can start at a very young age and typical symptoms include refusing to wear or play like a "typical" boy or girl. Most children will go through this type of behaviour and grow out of it. Those children/young people with Gender Dysphoria it will continue into adulthood and might express feelings of being trapped or say/feel they were given the wrong sex at birth.
People with Gender Dysphoria may identify as straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual or asexual, and this may change with treatment.