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Sunday, October 29th, 2006

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Hey. I'm 22, and an ftm.
I've been diagnosed with PTSD, bipolar, genderalizd anxiety disorder, and occassionally I have to argue with a new doctor about borderline personality disorder.
I've yet to tell my psychiatrist/therapist (he does both) anything about my gender issues. The main reason is that I know there is no way that he would ever write me a letter for T, so I don't see the point. I've been on disability for my psych issues for almost two years (up for review in Janduary, and I'll probably get off). I don't think that my doctor would be willing to write me a letter when I have so many "labels", even though I've been doing fairly well for quite a while.
Some of my psych stuff- history of self-injury- stems from my gender dysphoria. I've gone through periods where I couldn't stand my body the way it is, and I started to hurt myself.

When I realized that the self-injury was probably the thing that would keep me from being able to get on T & get the surgeries I wanted, I stopped. I still slip up sometimes b/c I did it for so long and it became rather ingrained, but for the most part I haven't done anything. I'm frustrated that I'm the one who has held myself back from getting the treatment I need, and that it is going to take a while before my doctor is satisfied that I'm okay enough for him to write my letter. I'm on the way, though, so I'm more optimistic about it.

I've always been more of a boy than a girl. Most people that I know aren't at all suprised that I've changed my name, and the couple of people I've told about wanting to transition have been very supportive. My familiy is less pleased, but I don't have much contact with them, so that doesn't really bother me.

I'm working on my bachelors in social work. I'm currently a sophomore at a local college, but have already been accepted to a Univeristy not far from here.

That's about it. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
I'm glad a community like this has finally been formed. :)
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Hey all,

I'm James, 23, pre-everything FTM. I have some sort of combination of depression and anxiety. (I don't know what my official diagnosis is). I've also struggled with self injury on and off for about 4 years. I just started taking Celexa a few weeks ago and things have been improving. I'm seeing a good therapist now too, which helps a lot.

A friend of mine told me her perspective on mental health is that it is just like physical health, everyone has it and it fluctuates over time. She also said that to tell someone with a mental illness to "just get over it" is like telling someone with a broken leg to just walk it off. I found what she said refreshing so I thought I'd share.

I'm glad this community is here.
Thanks for reading, James
I'm a 19-year-old FTM, post-transition. I've been in the mental health system since I was 13, though my problems go back to very early childhood. As is the case with many other people, my diagnoses change frequently, depending on who is doing the diagnosing. The current ones are mood disorder NOS, anxiety disorder NOS, panic disorder without agoraphobia, chronic PTSD, and personality disorder NOS. I have no idea why my pdoc thinks I don't have agoraphobia, I think "personality disorders" aren't illnesses, and I have plenty of symptoms that aren't covered by those five diagnoses. I'm taking meds, but they're not helping much. At least the urges to cut have deceased.

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