Am I Experiencing Gender Dysphoria or Body Dysmorphia?
In the early 2000s, Kyle was admitted to an eating disorder treatment center that served women exclusively. The only problem was that Kyle was a trans man. In order to receive adequate care, he had to endure constant misgendering. In the medical community, there was a general ignorance surrounding his gender identity, and the ways that gender dysphoria interacted with his eating disorder.
This is not a unique experience within the queer community. In popular psychology, gender dysphoria and body dysmorphia are rarely seen as overlapping in a clinical context. But to queer people, it is often difficult to separate the experience of gender dysphoria and body dysmorphia, and they interact and overlap in complex ways.
For many queer folks, perception of gender identity and body overlap in significant ways. In order for queer and trans folks to receive adequate care, the entanglement of these need to be interrogated.