SOLOCAST | Mental Health | Gender Dysphoria + OCD: When A “Helping Hand” Harms The Innocence of Children + Society

Wellness + Wisdom Episode 536

Wellness + Wisdom Podcast Host and Wellness Force Media CEO, Josh Trent, shares everything you need to know about gender dysphoria and how it's related to OCD.

In this solocast, you will learn:

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Listen To Episode 536 As Josh Trent Uncovers Why Gender Dysphoria Is An OCD

At some point in the last couple of years, it is safe to say that everyone has been fed some hefty woke and confusingly uncomfortable media on their phones and computers about the so called “prevalence” of gender dysphoria in America.

Many of the large news outlets would have you believe that gender dysphoria is a growing and complex issue in today's society, however, the real truth of the actual data shows that it's not even not a single percent of actual people in the entire North American continent of whom it affects.

The DSM-5 estimates that about 0.005% to 0.014% males and and 0.002% to 0.003% females born are diagnosable with gender dysphoria.

So what are we actually even talking about here?

Because honestly, the more people talk about the subject, the more it gets implanted in the minds of children who grew up to be broken adults.

And that is why it is important that we take a look and honest look at the roots of this mental health issue and also why the media loves to talk about it… for clicks and money!

I debated whether or not to do this podcast today, but I trust it's really important.

Because anytime that we stick our heads in the sand as a collective or individually, we open ourselves up to the spoils of cognitive dissonance, which are never ever good.

So call it the father and me, call the man in me, called the soul in me…

But I needed to do this podcast today as it was requested by multiple audience members that wrote to me and filled out our survey.

So here we go, I'm here as requested by you to teach what I know right here right now about mental health, specifically gender dysphoria, and it's connection to OCD: when a helping hand harms the innocence of children and society.

Why Talk About This? Gender Dysphoria + OCD

What I am to prove in this solocast is how all human beings, including those suffering with OCD gender dysphoria deserve compassion and access the best healing programs – not our judgement or pity, but our support.

Ultimately, the media's focus on gender dysphoria is a psychological operation to induce confusionary messaging towards children, and towards the inner child of broken men and women adults who are more susceptible to the paralyzing affect of this harmful form of OCD.

It can be a difficult and complex experience for those suffering from it, often resulting in lack of understanding or support from peers and mainly ridicule as it's easy to become an attention vacuum for eyes and ears due to it's shock value for clicks.

As the conversation around gender dysphoria continues to be propagated by propaganda especially on TikTok and misunderstood by youth, we must take the opportunity to further explore its implications for those with mental health issues and what measures should be taken to ensure they receive adequate support to not fall prey to this wetiko.

My goal is to provide you with valuable insight into the objective origin of gender dysphoria in order to help the souls experiencing these mental conditions to get the support they need—whether that’s knowing when it’s time to seek professional help or finding ways for them (and their community) learn how best to manage their symptoms so they can live more fulfilling lives.

In this podcast we will explore:

  1. What is gender dysphoria and how does it affect people's lives.
  2. How gender dysphoria can manifest in mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety.
  3. The importance of understanding and recognizing gender dysphoria in order to provide adequate support. 
  4. Ways to take action and help those who are affected by gender dysphoria. 
  5. How society needs to create more safe spaces for people with gender dysphoria to heal their broken mind. 
  6. Empowering individuals to advocate for themselves and seek help if needed.

Gender dysphoria is a condition that can cause immense suffering and distress to those who experience it.

While awareness of the condition has grown in recent years, there is still much work to be done in terms of providing quality holistic mental health support.

Let's explore an overview of gender dysphoria, discuss the current state of treatment, and call on healthcare professionals and society as a whole to take action for those affected by this condition to seek a way out of OCD.

Gender dysphoria is defined as “a conflict between a person’s physical or assigned gender and the gender with which they identify” (American Psychiatric Association).

The very fact that the APA has described this condition as a “conflict” points towards the very solution itself.

A lot of what I'm expressing today may be difficult to hear, but it needs to be said because anytime there is chaos, it is always seeking order, as that is a fundamental law of the universe.

Chaos cannot exist in perpetuity.

Eventually, all high-pressure must seek low pressure.

It is important to note that not all individuals with gender dysphoria have the same symptoms, experiences or treatment needs.

As such, there is no “one size fits all” approach when it comes to helping those who experience this distressing condition.

The common signs and symptoms of gender dysphoria include persistent intrusive thoughts

feelings of discomfort or distress related to one’s assigned gender; strong desire to be treated differently than their assigned gender; desire to live as their identified gender; anxiety about body changes associated with puberty; feelings of isolation due to inability or fear of being accepted by peers; depression; low self-esteem; suicidal thoughts; eating disorders; substance abuse behaviors.

It is essential for mental health professionals to recognize the severity of these symptoms and provide appropriate treatment options that address both physical and mental health issues.

A phenomenal podcast resource is Wellness + Wisdom's episode 474 Life Is Unfair, Now What? How To Heal Childhood Trauma. The Courage To Rising Above Dark Energy + Emotional Pain with Liz Swail where we go deep into the aspects of trauma, and the different healing modalities to explore for OCD and trauma.

What is gender dysphoria and how does it affect people's lives

Gender dysphoria, formerly known as gender identity disorder, is a psychological condition in which a person experiences distress due to a mismatch between their “assigned sex” (a fallacy in the first place to use the word “assigned”) at birth and their gender identity.

This overwhelming sense of disconnect can significantly impact an individual's mental and emotional well-being, leading to challenges in their daily lives.

Those affected by gender dysphoria may find it difficult to express their authentic selves in social settings or while pursuing personal and professional goals.

As a result, the importance of acknowledging and understanding this struggle cannot be overstated.

By fostering a supportive environment, we can help individuals with gender dysphoria navigate their unique journey of self-discovery and work towards a fulfilling and happy life.

Understanding the roots and loss of gender dysphoria

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a heterogeneous condition almost always consisting of both obsessions and compulsions.

A central phenomenon in OCD that is embedded in many obsessions and compulsions is doubting; specifically, when it comes to gender dysphoria, this doubt surfaces around “feelings” that a man is a woman and a woman is a man.

At first audible, anyone with a clear mind can recognize that obviously a man is not a woman, and a woman is not a man.

However, because of the woke ideology in media that has been appropriated in the name of sensationalism and driving clicks because of the radically disturbing concept, it garners attention.

It's clear we are at a time in human history where due to the nature of how media sensationalism is monetized that gender dysphoria posts, articles, and videos garner exceptional attention = money for media + medical companies.

Indeed, pathological doubt of any kind including gender dysphoria (that would be subsumed in modernity under OCD) has been recognized since at least 1875.

Why gender dysphoria has not been objectively classified as severe OCD is very frustrating to me, yeah, I know why it is not because if collectively, we all put on our big boy and big girl pants, and took an honest look at the cause of OCD gender dysphoria then we would have to change some serious components of how our society operates in an unconscious way, so, of course, rather than look at our collective unconscious, but we now have in the media is the underlying unconscious issue and focuses on social justice, and the propagation of harming the minds of children.

Look, I truly have experience with OCD I really do…

In my family and friend groups, I have seen this exact OCD play out and everyone knows exactly what it is.

I have even experienced two straight years of OCD and intrusive thoughts after a psychic break in a plant medicine ceremony, so I have first hand experience dealing exactly with OCD, and how dark and unforgiving it can feel at times.

And you know how I healed it?

It wasn't by taking pills or going to a doctors office, it was going deep down into my soul and unconscious, to look at the parts of me, that I wasn't ready to look at.

The parts of me that were addicted to pornography and used sex unconsciously, and all of the shame, guilt and depressive emotions that drove me to make decisions in my teens and 20's that hurt others and hurt myself.

What I did was take an emotional inventory and went through a forgiveness process and wouldn't you know it, after the 2 years the OCD vanished!

Make the unconscious conscious

Gender Dysphoria can cause great psychological distress if left untreated, and by untreated, what I mean is left unexplored.

Understanding the root cause of any OCD symptoms typically traces back to a traumatic event, or multiple traumatic events where the subconscious mind created from neuroplasticity a survival strategy for life to continue.

Inside any organism human or otherwise, when a threat is perceived, a strategy for life is created.

Ongoing anxiety and stress or being part of a stressful event like a car accident or starting a new job or severe trauma could initially trigger OCD or make it worse.

It is important that we take a stand for compassion for those affected by trauma that manifests into OCD with a subcategory of gender dysphoria.

Also, of high importance is to NOT show pity on those affected, but rather a compassion and access to specific trauma healing programs and methods.

Both for self-esteem and also to rebuild the plasticity in the brain so that the amygdala is no longer hyper-sensitive to OCD.

How gender dysphoria can manifest in mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety

Gender dysphoria, the distress experienced by individuals whose gender identity does not align with their assigned sex at birth, can significantly contribute to mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.

As stated in frontiers in psychiatry:

“The object of OCD doubt can vary greatly—from questioning whether one has performed basic activities like locking doors to more destabilizing doubts about inadvertently causing harm or crucial aspects of one's identity such as sexual orientation. Like most other obsessions, doubts in OCD are not only unwanted and intrusive, but also ego-dystonic, i.e., alien to the person and incongruent with their perception of themselves. Such doubts are prominent in aggressive, religious and sexual obsessions, which characterize a type of OCD referred to as “unacceptable or taboo thoughts”

It is crucial to understand that the core component of distress stems from a psychic malady, where the obsessive compulsive disorder of a preoccupation with gender identity, becomes a veil to hide the real issues inside the subconscious mind that don't want to be seen.

The constant struggle of attempting to reconcile one's true sense of self with external pressures can lead to feelings of hopelessness and isolation, ultimately exacerbating the risk of developing mood disorders.

Furthermore, difficulties accessing appropriate healthcare, including competent mental health services knowledgeable about gender dysphoria, create added barriers to seeking help and receiving effective treatment.

Quite frankly, the medical system is not set up to deal with people who are experiencing OCD, because when patient arrives, they are fed pills and plugged into a mechanistic model of treatment, which absolutely will not help them and it many times exacerbates a very issue they are experiencing.

Consequently, it is essential to cultivate an awareness of the intersection between gender dysphoria and mental health, and to advocate for a more holistic approach to mental health and OCD for gender dysphoria.

The importance of understanding and recognizing gender dysphoria in order to provide adequate support

Gender dysphoria, the strong sense of discomfort experienced by individuals whose gender identity does not match the one assigned at birth, is a crucial topic to understand for achieving proper mental health support.

By recognizing and educating ourselves about the experiences faced by those with gender dysphoria, we can cultivate empathy, promote holistic healing, and dismantle harmful stereotypes that may be prevalent in our society.

This knowledge empowers us to create safe spaces and develop policies that cater to their unique needs, ultimately fostering a more compassionate and supportive environment for all.

As we move towards a world where everyone is treated with dignity and respect, understanding gender dysphoria OCD is undoubtedly a significant step we must take together.

Ways to take action and help those who are affected by gender dysphoria

Taking a step towards understanding and supporting those who experience gender dysphoria can create a significant impact on the lives of the individuals affected by it.

Everyone has a role to play, whether it be by being a trustworthy friend, working in the mental health profession, or advocating for policy changes when it comes to holistic mental health treatment.

As an active listener, when you have a friend or someone who is suffering from gender dysphoria OCD, pay attention to a person's concerns and validate their feelings.

Keep in mind that supporting someone's mental well-being is an ongoing process and being a reliable source of empathy and encouragement can provide the strength they require on their journey towards self-acceptance and happiness.

And again, I must focus on this that people who are suffering from OCD and gender dysphoria are not in need of our pity, they are in need of our compassion and our support.

How society needs to create more safe spaces for people with gender dysphoria to heal their broken minds

In today's world, it is crucial that we as a society, strive to create inclusive environments where everyone, including those with gender dysphoria, can feel they are not alone.

This is not only a matter of empathy and compassion but a testament to our progress towards a more equitable world.

Gender dysphoria can cause significant psychological distress, leading individuals to feel isolated and misunderstood.

By fostering spaces outside of the standard western medical model, and or in alignment with holistic mental health care, such as the body of work from Dr. Kelly Brogan MD, we can facilitate healing for people coping with this challenging condition.

Through education, awareness, and active listening, we can better understand the unique struggles faced by those with gender dysphoria and create an inclusive treatment that empowers them to not only heal but thrive as their most authentic self.

This is a collective responsibility, and it requires each of us to be empathetic, accepting, and supportive allies in order to make a genuine difference.

Empowering individuals to advocate for themselves and seek help

Empowerment is a crucial aspect of personal growth and development, and learning to advocate for oneself is a skill that can make a world of difference in one's life.

Developing the confidence and competence to stand up for one's needs, rights, and well-being is not only important for achieving goals but also for fostering healthy and respectful relationships.

This journey of self-advocacy often begins with the realization that seeking help is not a sign of weakness, but rather a reflection of strength, resilience, and self-awareness.

Essentially those who are suffering from OCD gender dysphoria have been stripped of their agency and sovereignty in their mind and body. This is the tragedy that is being propagated by companies like Disney and many of the Silicon Valley woke narrative that paradoxically makes the most money on planet earth from driving this narrative, do you see the connection yet?

This is a sick it has become: newswire PR states that the global gender dysphoria market is expected to register a steady revenue during the forecast period.

Whether it's genetic mutilation or hormone therapy or shots or all of the sick disgusting mechanistic ways that western medicine treats mentally sick children and adults, anyone with eyes and ears can see and hear that the way New York City and Silicon Valley are describing this OCD is it from a place of healing, it's from a place of revenue growth.

Do you see this yet?

Are you getting this, do you understand what I'm saying to you truly?

This is about dollars and cents and clicks in traffic not about healing.

That is why you and I are here with a different narrative that is driven by compassion and holistic mental health treatment.

By acknowledging and embracing vulnerability, individuals are better equipped to not only address their own needs but also better support and uplift those around them.

The intertwined process of cultivating self-advocacy skills and seeking help when needed truly embodies the essence of empowering oneself to navigate the complexities of life with confidence and courage.

No matter your interest, level, or where you fall on the spectrum of compassion and understanding for those suffering from OCD gender dysphoria it is extremely important to be a light of love and a solution if you yourself, or somebody you know, is suffering from these intrusive thoughts.

A powerful starting place for healing is the Wellness + Wisdom podcast episode with JP Sears titled “JP Sears | This Is How Media HIJACKS Your Mind: Stop Censoring Yourself & Heal The Tyrant Within

“Turn off the news, really minimize social media, and don't look at your phone for the first hour of the day. Removing these kinds of things are absolutely vital before we have any hope in hell of understanding what we actually think. Whatever I'm getting emotionally charged at; that's a mirror for me in my self-growth and spiritual realization. I ask myself, ‘How am I being a tyrant towards myself? Have I already enslaved myself? How am I censoring myself?' to find out what I can learn from my triggers and then the tyrants become our teachers.” – JP Sears

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About Josh Trent

Josh Trent lives in Austin, Texas with his love Carrie Michelle, son Novah, daughter Nayah + a cat named Cleo. He is the host of the Wellness + Wisdom Podcast and the creator of the BREATHE: Breath + Wellness Program. Josh has spent the past 20+ years as a trainer, researcher + facilitator discovering the physical and emotional intelligence for humans to thrive in our modern world. Helping humans LIBERATE their mental, emotional, physical, spiritual + financial self through podcasts, programs + global community that believe in optimizing our potential to live life well.

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