For transgender men, it may be difficult at first to understand what exactly is happening. You are in the middle of an identity crisis and you don’t know where to turn to or what to do. Some days are okay but other days you’d rather be anything but alive. Don’t worry you are not alone. Many transgender people struggle with their identity at some point in their life. Luckily all hope is not lost.
Here are a few ways in which you can deal with your identity issues:
Recognizing there is an Issue
The first thing you need to do is recognize or acknowledge that you are going through an identity crisis. This is the first step in overcoming any problem in life and without acknowledgement, there can be no progress. The issue, in medical terms, is called “dysphoria”. This is where a person’s identity does not match how they are perceived by others. It sucks being called a woman or having to wear feminine clothes when deep down you know you are a man. This leads to mental agony, social withdrawal, and even physical pain. Once you have recognized that there is an issue, you can move on to the next step.
Seeking Assistance to Deal with this Struggle
No matter how strong you think you are, everyone needs help sometimes. Struggling with your identity should not be taken lightly as it has been known to drive some people off the edge.
The next step is therefore consulting:
A Trusted Friend
There is a saying that goes “a good friend is better than pocket money”. This is very true for instances where you may be doubting yourself and are feeling low. Reassurance is great when dealing with an identity crisis and a trusted friend will keep what you are going through private and may even offer you great advice.
The Trans Community
The LGBTQ community, especially the trans community is very welcoming and encourages positivity and self-love for all its members no matter what colour, shape, size or orientation they may come in. There are many trans men and trans women who have gone through what you are going through in the past and can share their story about how they overcame their identity struggles. This may provide you with the motivation you need to overcome your own identity issue and other issues you may face as a trans man.
A Medical Professional
A medical professional should be sought in cases of extreme depression and hopelessness. These persons are trained in how to deal with such cases and can even prescribe a few non-medical treatments to help you discover your true self. You should, however, be careful as some of these persons believe that this is a “disease” and will try to “cure you” and cause further confusion.
After seeking help and eventually overcoming your own identity issues, your last step should be helping others. It is important to help spread the love and support you had so needed because you were not the first and will certainly not be the last to face such challenges.
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