What Does Dysphoria Feel Like?

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I have many alarm clocks.

There’s the daily timer set on my phone, given the optimistic hour of 7AM with several back ups for when I inevitably decide to roll over and pull my girlfriend close.

There’s Hobbes, leader of our feline trio. He’s an expert at sticking his whiskery muzzle against the bottom of the door the moment he hears motion in the bedroom. I’ve learned to categorize…