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Dysphoria (shortened from Gender Dysphoria or Gender Dysphoric Disorder) is a psychological condition which consists of discomfort and a disconnect with one's assigned sex, often accompanied by a strong desire to change one's sex to better match their identity or to be called the correct gendered language. It can manifest in both psychological and physical distress which can lead to the deterioration of one's health. It is the medical diagnosis of being transgender.

Dysphoria can be focused upon bodily attributes, treatment from others, or societal pressure to conform to expected gender roles based on their assigned gender. It is typically relieved if the person is able to transition, and therefore change their body and social situation to one which agrees with their internal identity. It is possible for nonbinary people to feel dysphoria too, for much the same reasons as binary transgender people. Cisgender may also experience dysphoria, for example, males having man boobs and females having facial hair.

Dysphoria is actually the opposite to 'Euphoria', or pleasure. It is thus the absence of pleasure, and is not directly attached to gender identity.

Top Dysphoria

Top dysphoria is a term most often used to describe someone's discomfort with their chest and upper body, such as transmasculine people feeling top dysphoria because of their breasts being too big/their shoulders being too slender, or transfeminine people feeling top dysphoria at their lack of breasts/masculine shoulders and arms.

Bottom Dysphoria

Bottom dysphoria is a term often used to describe one's discomfort with their genitalia mismatching their gender identity.

Social Dysphoria

Social dysphoria is a term describing discomfort with one's designated gender in the cultural or social sense, such as not wanting to be reffered to with masculine language as a transgender woman or not wanting to wear feminine clothing as a transgender man. It encompasses most non-physical aspects of gender. Some people who identify as transgender, genderqueer, or otherwise not cisgender may experience social dysphoria but little to no physical dysphoria.