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 bombards us with intrusive thoughts. Thoughts that contradict our beliefs, our interests, our lifestyle.
Transgender OCD is becoming more common- or at least more discussed- with more support needed for those with it.
Being cisgender is described as:
Understanding Transgender OCD
Transgender OCD is a subtype of obsessive-compulsive disorder.
It 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
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’
It is not to be confused with transphobia
OCD results in thoughts we do not want to have. These are intrusive thoughts and despite being unpleasant or scary, are normal and extremely common in society.
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 not the same as discriminating against someone for who they are.