Although the world appears to be slowly transitioning into welcoming those that do not fit into the traditional cisgender men and women categories, transgender people still remain one of the most vulnerable populations when it comes to both life experience and mental health. Statistically, many trans individuals are still struggling with issues like anxiety, depression, grief, and more, at a rate that is higher than the general population of the United States. It is a struggle that may be amplified depending on where a person is in their life, and the acceptance of those around them.
It is the belief of Balance Psychiatric Services that everyone – especially those that are transgender – deserve access to competent mental health treatments. Telepsychiatry allows us to provide support, treatment, and guidance for trans individuals at all stages of their life from anywhere with internet access. It lets you, the patient, find a safe space that is comfortable for you so that you can talk openly about the issues on the forefront on your mind, whether they are related to your trans identity or not. One of the best parts of participating in telepsychiatry with a healthcare professional familiar with trans issues is the fact that you won’t have to worry about finding another provider if you move. You can be confident that you’ll still receive quality, informed psychiatric care no matter where you live.
Therapy and Medication Support Before/During/After Transition
Transitioning is a major life change, and as such, it can have an impact on one’s mental health and daily functioning. Many of these changes are positive, as transitioning has been shown to improve:
Overall Life Satisfaction
Happiness With Their Appearance
Ability to Cope With Stress
Better Communication and Problem-Solving Skills
When trans people are more comfortable in their own skin, they’re better able to interact with the world around them. When they know how to respond to stress related to their gender identity, trans people can live a more fulfilled life.
But change is also scary, and there may be issues that arise that require support. Receiving support from a mental health professional who’s competent in recognizing these issues that trans people face can be can be a tremendous help in addressing them. Knowing that they’re working with someone who accepts and understands them can improve trans people’s health and happiness as they strive towards building the life they want.
Psychiatric Medications and Hormones
It has also been well documented that the effects of medications can differ in response to amounts and types of hormones present in people’s bodies. For trans people who are treating mental health conditions and undergoing hormone replacement therapy at the same time, it’s important to have a healthcare provider who knows to look out for interactions between psychiatric medications and hormones. We want to help you find a balance between continuing to treat any mental health conditions you have while continuing your transition process. Transitioning and taking psychiatric medications are both life-changing processes, and it helps to have someone that you can speak with at any time to counsel you on these medications.