Transgender OCD involves intrusive thoughts around gender identity. Examples of this subtype include the worry that one is secretly transgender and denying it, or openly transgender and faking it. This subtype affects both the transgender and cisgender community.
OCD often provides us with false beliefs, beliefs we do not want to have.
Transgender OCD is becoming more common- or at least more discussed- with more support needed for those with it.
What does it mean to be transgender?
Being cisgender is described as:
Understanding Transgender OCD
Transgender OCD is a subtype of obsessive-compulsive disorder that works in very similar ways to other forms of OCD.
Transgender OCD can occur as the following:
- Being transgender and having intrusive thoughts about not being transgender (i.e. ‘This isn’t who I really am’)
- Being cisgender and having intrusive thoughts about not being cisgender
OCD can make us question if we are indeed the person we say we are.
It can also make us question whether we are lying to ourselves and others about who we are, with thoughts such as:
- ‘I say I am transgender but I am not really. I am faking it’
- ‘Although I say I am cisgender, I know I’m not. I am just in denial about being transgender and pretend to others that I am cisgender’
Transgender OCD is not to be confused with transphobia
Those with transgender OCD may feel like they are being discriminatory, or be perceived as such by others as such if they are open about it.
OCD results in thoughts we do not want to have. These are the intrusive thoughts mentioned above.
Obsessive compulsive disorder feeds on thoughts that often contradict who we are or how we feel, and makes us question our own reality.
It is very different to discriminating against someone for who they are.