I’ve heard again from the gender-insider physician who writes to tell me about a study published last week. I’ve bolded the words that I want to make sure you see.
Dear Walt, this just came out electronically ahead of print 1 week ago, It demonstrates that the main factor in the brain that is responsible for brain growth and changes of the brain in those with GID:
1) Parallels the same brain neurochemistry and neurophysiology that is known to underpin various mental disorders in general
2) Is directly the result of the way transsexuals are treated mainly in traumas and psychological abuse
I can't pick and choose the objectivity of the facts. I now need to present you the objective findings that neurochemistry and the neurophysiology of GID brains demonstrates that the brain is indeed changeable and that there is substantial evidence that GID brains are the result of psychological trauma and that the changes are the changes seen in those with an array of psychiatric disorders. Read below------
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) plays a critical role in neurodevelopment and neuroplasticity. Altered BDNF-signaling is thought to contribute to the pathogenesis of psychiatric disorders and is related to traumatic life events...
This data support the hypothesis that the reduction found in serum BDNF levels in GID patients may be related to the psychological abuse that transsexuals are exposed during their life.
Since BDNF is involved in neurophysiology and neurochemistry and is subject to change based on the environment, I am not confident that what seems to be a cross sexed brain structure actually is a cross sexed brain structure in any of the transsexual brain studies now or perhaps to come. It may be that transsexualism is not ever a male/female brain issue and raises the possibility that neuropsychiatric treatment will substitute and replace gender surgeries and hormonal treatments for all transsexuals. The authors went by the book and diagnosed the subjects according to the DSM criteria of GID. So they were not misdiagnosed. Even if 10-20% of transsexuals may benefit from treatment with transitioning, the transitions and SRS may become outmoded in favor of neurological and neuropsychiatric treatments. This study may be the one which starts the revolution to show that transitioning is idealistically an obsolete treatment.
This article is the biggest that I have ever seen on the brain in GID. I see it as a call to now look for neuropsychiatric treatments for transsexual and transgender conditions and for not only a phasing out of hormonal and SRS treatments but also a warning that technologies that may be developed that could eventually lead to a normal man becoming a normal woman or vice versa would not prevent regrets nor help the mental illness issues that this study has shown gender identity problems to be.
I wanted to post this study sent by the physician because it brings into question serious psychological issues that remain unresolved even after a gender transition is completed. Neuropsychiatric treatments could make gender transitioning obsolete and could offer new treatment criteria. This gives me optimism that it may help reduce the needless surgeries and unnecessary suicides.
Walt Heyer, The Maverick Transgender