dys·​pho·​ria | \ dis-ˈfȯr-ē-ə How to pronounce dysphoria (audio) \

Definition of dysphoria

: a state of feeling very unhappy, uneasy, or dissatisfied — see gender dysphoria

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Recent Examples on the Web Medical treatment for dysphoria can include puberty blockers, which a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found reduces risks for mental health problems and suicide, which 35% of transgender youth attempt. Kristin Lam, USA TODAY, "National firestorm on horizon as states consider criminalizing transgender treatments for youths," 6 Feb. 2020 Using birth control may bring up dysphoria or other difficult feelings, especially in those with a history of trauma. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "7 Things to Know About Birth Control If You Are Transgender or Nonbinary," 1 May 2019 Each time a doctor performed a pelvic exam, or a nurse placed her hands on Braiden’s belly, Braiden felt intense dysphoria — the distress of being in a body that doesn’t match one’s gender identity. Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, "Braiden Schirtzinger is non-binary, pregnant and about to take on the most gendered role of all," 16 Aug. 2019 Insurance company MassMutual’s health care plan, for instance, includes coverage for cosmetic surgeries that some transgender people need to alleviate dysphoria such as facial feminization and Adam’s apple reduction. Allison Hagan, BostonGlobe.com, "Many LGBTQ employees aren’t comfortable at work. Some Mass. companies are trying to change that," 29 Aug. 2019 Since 2011, at least 160 state inmates have sought services related to transgender dysphoria; less than a dozen of them requested surgery. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Prison officials who denied surgery to a transgender inmate are immune from damages in her lawsuit," 20 Aug. 2019 That turned out disastrously because, on some level, his deeper identity remained, causing suicidal dysphoria. The Atlantic, "Westworld: Is This Now?," 24 June 2018 Not every trans person experiences dysphoria, but many do need medical interventions to start feeling comfortable in their bodies. refinery29.com, "The World Health Organization Just Made A Huge Change For Transgender People," 19 June 2018 Some days Tanner likes the idea, and other days not — depending on his body dysphoria. New York Times, "A Family in Transition," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of dysphoria

circa 1842, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dysphoria

borrowed from New Latin, borrowed from Greek dysphoría "malaise, discomfort, vexation," from dýsphoros "hard to bear, grievous" (from dys- dys- + -phoros, nominal ablaut derivative from the base of phérein "to carry, bear") + -ia -ia entry 1 — more at bear entry 2

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The first known use of dysphoria was circa 1842

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9 Feb 2020

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“Dysphoria.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dysphoria. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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dys·​pho·​ria | \ dis-ˈfōr-ē-ə, -ˈfȯr- How to pronounce dysphoria (audio) \

Medical Definition of dysphoria

: a state of feeling unwell or unhappy — compare euphoria

Other Words from dysphoria

dysphoric \ -​ˈfȯr-​ik, -​ˈfȧr-​ How to pronounce dysphoric (audio) \ adjective

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