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Dysphoria- Dissatisfaction with life. Understanding this issue deeply 

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Dysphoria means being very unhappy or dissatisfied with something, either self or life, or both.

It’s a common issue found along with other mental health issues like depression, anxiety but can also be found during financial difficulties, tough phases of life; failure, a bad environment, and so on...

In this article we try to understand this state deeply and how one can overcome it


What types of dysmorphia exist 

General dysphoria 

Dissatisfaction with one’s life or self, a series of setbacks or perception of a bleak future can trigger what is known as generalised dysphoria.


People usually describe this as following

“I don’t feel happy with myself”

“I feel I have disappointed myself and others” “I just don’t feel any happiness”

“ I don’t know what but I feel very restless and not happy”


Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria 

When someone feels they have failed Or disappointed others, it can lead to this type of dysphoria is more strongly associated with ADHD. 


Gender Dysphoria 

When a person feels stuck in their biological gender and has unhappiness due to identity issues. 


Tardive Dysphoria

Happens due to long-term chronic depression and medications may have an impact. 


Premenstrual Dysphoria disorder 

PMDD causes extreme mood shifts that can disrupt work and damage relationships. Symptoms include extreme sadness, hopelessness, irritability or anger, plus common PMS symptoms such as breast tenderness and bloating.


Dysphoria symptoms are 

1. Worry 

2. Unhappiness 

3. Disappointment 

4. Worry

5. Anxious feelings 

6. Lack of satisfaction with oneself 

7. A strange mental uneasiness



How to get rid of Dysphoria 

Many reasons contribute or co-exist with Dysphoria. The first step is to understand if other symptoms co-exist if things have just added up in life to bring this dissatisfaction if too much is cluttered and stagnated. 

Cognitive-behavioral therapy and working with a therapist is the best and most effective treatment for Dysphoria.

Often Dysphoria is associated with negative views of one’s future and this is what can be challenged, change, and worked on in therapy. One can explore what is making them stuck in life, and find ways and perspectives to change it! In therapy, one can get to the clarity of where the pain is coming from and why and by solving which layer of hurt, relief, and comfort can come in. 

Dysphoria is painful. It’s usually associated with mental health disorders but can happen without them! Awareness is the first step in bring happiness, satisfaction, and contentment with self back in life 

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