How do these Two Conditions Impact Mental Health?
Gender Dysphoria and Body Dysmorphia are serious issues for people who struggle from either. But, what’s the difference between the two? In this episode we take a look at what makes these two conditions different, how they can be similar, how our feelings are often shaped by society as well as our own experiences with both conditions.
Body Dysmorphia Quick Facts
- The Anxiety and Depression Association of North America define Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) as “a body-image disorder characterized by persistent and intrusive preoccupations with an imagined or slight defect in one’s appearance” (American Psychiatric Association 2013)
- People with BDD can dislike any part of their body, although they often find fault with their hair, skin, nose, chest, or stomach (2013).
- BDD typically first occurs in adolescence, affecting 2.5% of males and 2.2% of females
- The Mayo Clinic reports that the cause of BDD is still unclear, however the current hypothesis is a combination of brain differences, genes, and environment (“Body Dysmorphic Disorder: 2016)
- Signs and symptoms include:
- Being preoccupied with a perceived flaw in appearance that to others can’t be seen or appears minor
- Always seeking reassurance about your appearance from others
- Avoiding social situations
- Strong belief you have a defect in your appearance that makes you ugly or deformed
Gender Dysphoria Quick Facts
- The National Health Service in England defines gender dysphoria as “a condition where a person experiences discomfort or distress because there is a mismatch between their biological sex and gender identity” (“Gender Dysphoria” 2016)
- It’s unknown exactly how many people experience gender dysphoria. A survey of 100,000 people taken by the Equality and Human Rights Commission found that 1% of the population was “gender variant”
- Listen to S2 E6: Gender Dysphoria w/ Jenn, Transgender Woman for more on the topic.
Remember, we are not in anyway experts or doctors. What you hear here today are our own personal life experiences that we hope will help end the stigma surrounding mental health. If you ever have thoughts of worthlessness or feel suicidal please seek out professional help. You can find links to options on our About Us page.