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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Not being able to be shirtless without a binder or tape causes a lot of dysphoria for me. Erika W. Smith, refinery29.com, "These Powerful Photos Show Trans Lives In America," 20 June 2019 Often, that seems to be the actual goal of gender-identity enthusiasts, since the minuscule numbers of those afflicted with true dysphoria couldn’t otherwise justify the rewriting of all manner of school applications and government forms. Abigail Shrier, WSJ, "The Transgender Language War," 29 Aug. 2018 The report also says that service members with dysphoria are eight times more likely to attempt suicide that other troops -- 12 percent versus 1.5 percent respectively. Washington Post, "Pentagon silent on transgender policy released last week," 29 Mar. 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 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 Early in my transition, I was ostracized for being visibly transgender, which heightened the dysphoria surrounding my body. Laura Bullard, Marie Claire, "Battling My Body: Being Queer with an Eating Disorder," 1 Mar. 2018 The next challenge will be to mitigate the kappa system’s own adverse side effects, which can include hallucination and dysphoria, or uneasiness. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "Building a Better Painkiller," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of dysphoria

circa 1842, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dysphoria

New Latin, from Greek, from dysphoros hard to bear, from dys- + pherein to bear — more at bear

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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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