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Question Social anxiety and gender dysphoria

Hi, when I was a child I developed gender dysphoria, basically I feel as if I should have been born female and am extremely unhappy and depressed with being male. I also have social anxiety problems and with my gender dysphoria they are very bad.
For example, when I am in a room with lots of people, my heart rate becomes very fast, I feel like I'm burning, sweat starts pouring down my face and body, every little thing irritates me, and I become depressed and hopeless. Also, when I am talking to people that are shorter than me, I become very anxious and uncomfortable. I also become anxious and uncomfortable around women.
Is there any medication I can use to control this? I was offered:
Propranolol 20mg
Alprazolam 0.5mg
Diazepam 10mg
Clonazepam 2mg
Lorazepam 2mg
Which medication would work best for my anxiety issues?
Also, are there any medications to treat gender dysphoria? I have already tried SSRIs and illegal drugs but the dysphoria persists. I wish I was dead.
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Why don't you seek out a professional that deals with these sorts of issues? Drugs will only alleviate some of the discomfort. They might not offer a long term solution.
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Why don't you seek out a professional that deals with these sorts of issues? Drugs will only alleviate some of the discomfort. They might not offer a long term solution.
What do you mean, please can you explain?
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If you feel like you were supposed to be a women, then there must be counsellours who deal with situations like this. Some people who feel like they are a woman in a man's body seek out surgery. There must be transsexual specialists.

Seek one out.
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If you feel like you were supposed to be a women, then there must be counsellours who deal with situations like this. Some people who feel like they are a woman in a man's body seek out surgery. There must be transsexual specialists.

Seek one out.
I'm already taking female hormones (for gender reassignment) but I am still very depressed, as I can never be a real female. I get very depressed and anxious whenever anyone talks about periods, having children, or when I'm in a bad mood, whenever I see women.
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Have you seen a doctor for medication? They may be able to prescribe the best medication for you and tell you which is best based on a detailed description of your condition and some lab tests.

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Have you seen a doctor for medication? They may be able to prescribe the best medication for you and tell you which is best based on a detailed description of your condition and some lab tests.
Unfortunately I don't have a doctor. Males wishing to be females is not accepted here, and I would have to tell my parents, as I'm underage.
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Unfortunately I don't have a doctor. Males wishing to be females is not accepted here, and I would have to tell my parents, as I'm underage.
Do you know if your parents would ever be accepting of your dsyphoria? If not you could save up money, wait until you are of age and travel to another country for the necessary operations. That's what some people do in the U.S if cost is an issue. There is this website that contains a list of legal, qualified physicians who can perform the surgeries you need. They have reviews too but I can't recall the name of the website. Have you joined a support website for individuals who are transitioning? This may help too:

http://www.susans.org/index.html

http://www.lauras-playground.com/for...p?showforum=14

Edit: This book may help your parents understand transgendered individuals:

http://www.amazon.com/True-Selves-Un...4558708&sr=8-1

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I did spend some time on those sites, but most of the people there seem very fake (they put "hon" in every sentence multiple times and they look like men). I also hate the word "transgender" and "transsexual" so I can't go on these sites.
To be honest, I don't think there is much for me in life. I'm male, no amount of hormones or surgery can change a male to a female. All the hormone treatments and surgeries are cosmetic. I don't know why I'm even alive right now.
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I did spend some time on those sites, but most of the people there seem very fake (they put "hon" in every sentence multiple times and they look like men). I also hate the word "transgender" and "transsexual" so I can't go on these sites.
To be honest, I don't think there is much for me in life. I'm male, no amount of hormones or surgery can change a male to a female. All the hormone treatments and surgeries are cosmetic. I don't know why I'm even alive right now.
I'm sorry the sites didn't work out for you . Have you seen a gender therapist? They may be able to help alleviate the frustration you have so that you can find and develop more coping mechanisms.

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