Can OCD cause depression? I've been struggling with these intrusive thoughts about being Trans since June and my mood has slowly gotten worse as it's gone on. The thought of living with these thoughts/feelings makes me feel so hopeless. And it doesn't help that my OCD tells me that depression is a symptom of gender dysphoria and that's why I MUST be feeling this way. I'm just tired and scared, can anyone help?
So before this intrusive thought about being trans popped up I never had a problem with my body/looks, I had actually reached a point in my life where I was actually pretty confident about myself and that felt great but now I constantly look in the mirror to check if I still like the way I look. And I do, I'm not disgusted by my looks or the fact that i have boobs and a vagina. But then the thought pops up "what if you're just lying to yourself" and then I start to feel weird when I look in the mirror. I don't know how to get this to stop. I just wanna go back to how I was before...
So for a long while I was really struggling with intrusive thoughts about being trans and it was the hardest couple months of my life. But recently I've been able to force myself to stop ruminating on the thoughts and that's made it better. But the thoughts are still there, they don't cause me anxiety as much anymore, they're more of an annoyance. Is this still OCD? Or am I actually trans???
Sorry to hear you're struggling with this. I'm actually going through something very similar except I obsess over my gender identity instead of my sexuality. To answer your question, yes, when my intrusive thoughts first started it was easy to see that that's what they were.