Community·Posted on Sep 1, 2017How Did Transitioning Impact Your Mental Health?No matter how you define your transition, we want to know how it impacted your mental health.by Caroline Kee BuzzFeed News ReporterFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink Transitioning can mean many different things, and it's a unique process for each individual. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF youtube.com / Via giphy.com There is no one way to define or experience transitioning, and it isn't necessarily marked by one event, such as a surgery. Sometimes, the transitioning process may be a social change (changing clothing, pronouns, and names). For others, transitioning may involve medical interventions (hormone therapy, surgery). And of course for some individuals, the transitioning process may be a combination of these things — it really depends on the individual to decide which changes (if any) to make and when to make them. No matter how you do it or what your timeline is, transitioning can have a huge impact on your mental health. View this photo on Instagram buckangel / Instagram / Via instagram.com So we want to know how your mental health changed (or didn't change) as a result of the transitioning process, however you define it. Instagram: @emilymcdowell_ / Via instagram.com Maybe you finally felt some relief from gender dysphoria, depression, or anxiety. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Allure / youtube.com / Via giphy.com Sure, maybe transitioning doesn't make all those go away forever, but maybe it just quiets them a bit. How did that feel? Maybe you encountered some new mental health struggles after transitioning that you didn't anticipate. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF BuzzFeed Boldly / youtube.com / Via giphy.com Maybe transitioning has been, on balance, awesome, or it brought up some new issues for you. Maybe the reaction to your transition from family and friends had an impact on your mental health, too. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com / Via thewannabesbuzzblog.wordpress.com If your family was supportive and accepting, how did that impact your mental health? Or if they weren't, what effect did that have? Some of the changes in your mental health might have been expected, whereas others may have come as a complete surprise. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF https://micdotcom.tumblr.com/post/130768601294/watch-trans-man-jamie-raines-documented-his Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF https://micdotcom.tumblr.com/post/130768601294/watch-trans-man-jamie-raines-documented-his No matter what your transitioning process looked like or how it impacted your mental health, we want to hear all about it. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF BuzzFeed Boldly / youtube.com / Via giphy.com Fill out this survey (anonymously if you prefer) and your response may be included in an upcoming BuzzFeed Health post!