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Dysphoria
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Does anyone else get really bad dysphoria? How do you deal with it?

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2012-07-27 16:21
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Edge Wrote:Does anyone else get really bad dysphoria? How do you deal with it?

Normally, species dysphoria doesn't get to me. Occasionally, I'll feel trapped inside my human skin and want to claw my way out or the sound of the ocean will make me wistful, but for some reason, one day last week my aquatic fae-ness went nuts. I have no idea why it was so bad. *shrug*

Whenever I experience species dysphoria, I try to remember all the things I enjoy about being human. And that while I don't currently have gills to breathe underwater, I can go SCUBA diving instead. Things that are positive or that help me feel more like my 'kin side help.

Unfortunately, there's nothing I can do to change being human now. It's a sad fact, but one I think everyone who identifies as 'kin needs to remember.

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I wouldn't say I get bad dysphoria much anymore. I find that regular physical exercise helps a lot. In general I try to SCUBA dive at least once a year, snorkeling usually coincides with the diving, and I try not to repress shifts entirely lest they back up and smack me upside the head.

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2012-07-27 20:34
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I think what I experience is more like a kind of restlessness that relates to my kin-side, though I still use "dysphoria" to describe it. It's like I sometimes feel frustrated with being restricted to this one form/body that can only be modified to a certain extent instead of being able to change assume other forms more freely. So I don't necessarily feel like my body is wrong (at least no most of the time), but I still feel sort of trapped within it.

That being said though, sometimes when I look in the mirror I feel mildly surprised at what I see; I can't tell you what it is I expect to see (nothing in particular comes to mind), and the image reflected has been roughly the same all my life, but still it somewhat catches me off-guard on occasion. I don't know if one would count that as a milder form of dysphoria, or something else, but there is that in regard to how I feel about my body.
2012-12-26 20:08
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I choose to be human, and since my form is kind of just... energy, it shapes up pretty well in this incarnation <!-- sBig Grin --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- sBig Grin --> I don't experience much physical dysphoria, but I do feel "bound" sometimes when I meditate or do any energy work, since it's only an infinitesimal fraction of what a being of energy can do with ease when it comes to that sort of thing.
2013-01-26 8:21
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I never really had or felt Dysphoria as far as I know.

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2013-01-26 21:14
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I do get it and it seems to have become a near permanent feature of my other-ness and it's become a part of me that I've become accustomed to. If I do get it and it's annoying, I just try to concentrate on something else, usually something physical in nature. If I can't ignore it then I take the time to explore it a little and try to understand what it all about. I don't find that it bothers me too much though and I think you get used to it especially if you've been at this kin awakening thing for awhile.
2013-07-07 15:23
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I play around in the furry community a lot. <!-- sSmile --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- sSmile --> It's a lot easier for me that way and helps relieve some of the tension. I'll also engage in anthropomorphic roleplays on Elysium as well since I can pretty much be me.

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2013-07-08 2:42
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Yes, I often experience quite bad dysphoria. When I do it's usually when I'm extra clumsy, in more pain than usually, can't find any clothes to wear or just over all have a bad day. I try to deal with in many ways, depending on my mood. Sometimes I just focus on my phantom limbs and imagine that I am in my true form, or do a mental shift. Other times it helps taking a soothing shower, lying down to rest or through other means distract myself to stop thinking about it. If all this fails, anti-anxiety medication does the job.

Sometimes I fear that I will never be able to return to my real home, and that it was all just a dream.
Other times I'm sure I will go back, and that this life is the dream.
2013-09-19 23:25
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I'm bumping this thread because it can be useful for people who have dysphoria and who need help dealing with it.

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2014-05-09 20:45
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