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Willoughby Girls High School

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Identity and gender

Feeling ‘different’ can be tough, especially when you’re a teenager going through lots of changes. The most important thing is to be true to yourself and surround yourself with supportive people.

Things to look out for in the young person struggling with gender and identity may also experience:

  • changes in mood – feeling sadder, more anxious, or more irritable than usual
  • changes in behaviour – being less talkative, becoming withdrawn or being more aggressive
  • changes in relationships – falling out with friends or their partner, or conflict with family
  • changes in appetite – eating more or less than usual, or losing or gaining weight rapidly
  • changes in sleep patterns – not sleeping enough, or sleeping too much
  • changes in coping – feeling overwhelmed or tired of life
  • changes in thinking – more negative thoughts, or thoughts of self harm or suicide.

Find more information on identity and gender issues.