I keep seeing articles about people who change genders having mental disorders and here’s another one in the long list.
Dr. Joseph Berger, a consulting psychiatrist in Toronto and whose list of credentials establishes him as an expert in the field of mental illness, in an article in Lifesitenews.com, says scientifically there is no such thing as transgender. He says that people who identify themselves as "transgendered" are mentally ill or simply unhappy, and pointed out that hormone therapy and surgery are not appropriate treatments for psychosis or unhappiness. http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/psychiatry-expert-scientifically-there-is-no-such-thing-as-transgender
Dr. Burger is not alone in identifying that mental illness exists in individuals who request a gender change.
A study from the Department of Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio in 2009 reported that 90% of the last 10 patients seen at the Gender Identity Clinic had at least one other significant form of psychopathology—“problems of mood and anxiety regulation and adaption in the world.” (1)
You can see for yourself by reading the abstract that the researchers have concerns about the differences between their results and the rhetoric of many who care for transgendered adults. Concerned because the gender specialists tout the transgenders who are apparently functioning well in transition and do not care for the majority of transgenders, the 90% who suffer serious mental issues that could be contributing to regret and premature deaths. The abstract says, “Emphasis on civil rights is not a substitute for the recognition and treatment of associated psychopathology.”
It makes me wonder if the cause of 30% of transgenders committing suicide is their untreated mental illness.
Suicide.org states that 90% of all suicides are the direct result of untreated mental illness. Is there any other surgical treatment that is promoted as being successful when 30% of the patients commit suicide? More studies from Sweden and Denmark provide irrefutable evidence that transgenders overwhelmingly suffer from untreated mental disorders.
A long-term follow-up of transsexual persons undergoing sex reassignment surgery in Sweden concluded: “Persons with transsexualism, after sex reassignment, have considerably higher risks for mortality, suicidal behavior.” (2)
A survey among Dutch psychiatrists about psychiatric comorbidity of gender identity disorders states, “In 270 (75%) of these 359 patients, cross-gender identification was interpreted as an epiphenomenon of other psychiatric illnesses, notably personality, mood, dissociative, and psychotic disorders. Major mood disorders, dissociative disorders and psychotic disorders were reported in 79% of transgenders.” (3)
This should be alarming.
Another study, this one from 2013, titled “Anxiety and depression in transgender individuals: the roles of transition status, loss, social support, and coping” investigated 351 transgender individuals and found that the rates of depressive symptoms within the current study far surpass the rates of those for the general population. Their conclusion is that practitioners should focus on transgenders’ coping skills (adaption in the world) in order to improve their mental health. (4)
A research physician said to me, “Any physician worthy of his degree must treat ONLY with the Hippocratic Oath. First do no harm. In this regard, we have willfully failed.
-- There is no female brain in the wrong male body
-- Current studies do not support the transsexual condition
-- Nor do the current studies support the Harry Benjamin Syndrome.
Please don't mention my name. You would be surprised at the hostility of transsexual persons against physicians. I really do think that lots of physicians are very intimidated by them. The patients use the physicians and the physicians use the patients. It is deplorable. We have failed those with gender identity problems miserably."
But if the professionals remain unwilling to "come out" about the existence of mental disorders, nothing will change in diagnosis or treatment of transgenders. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. They've got the insanity going on.
I’m not a doctor or a psychologist, but if I can see the evidence that mental illness is behind gender stress, shouldn't the medical professionals see it? Gender surgery is not the preferred treatment for depression and anxiety or other transgender mental disorders.
Insanity is to focus on XY and XX patterns, hormone treatments and surgery or born in the wrong body, while ignoring the strong evidence that mental illness exists in a majority of patients, and failing to treat it first.
Walt Heyer, The Maverick Transgender