It may come as no surprise that people who wish to mutilate their genitals are experiencing some type of mental illness, but one study shows just how strong the need for psychological help is among people seeking sex reassignment surgery.
Researchers at the Iran University of Medical Sciences found that 81 percent of people who say they are transgender are experiencing major personality disorders.
According to the study, 57.1 percent of transgender individuals have narcissistic personality disorder, while the overall average number of psychiatric diagnoses for transgender patients is three.
The study concluded: “Personality disorders are common in patients with Gender Identity Disorder who are candidates for sex reassignment. As a result, the assessment of Personality disorders before sex reassignment surgery and offering psychological and medical intervention care, if needed, is strongly suggested.”
Significant percentage of youth transgender population has autism
Other studies have shown that adolescents with autism are significantly over-represented among the youth transgender population. According to some doctors, traits of those on the autism spectrum – such as vulnerability to body image issues, a feeling of social rejection and obsessive thinking – may contribute to their confusion.
Canadian psychiatrist Dr. Susan Bradley, who has worked with gender dysphoric children since the 1970s, said that she feels most of the children seeking gender transitions have high-functioning autism and are simply being exploited by a profit-driven medical industry.
Transgender individuals are between three and six times more likely to be autistic than those who are not transgender, research shows, and it is a connection that has been explored by researchers for more than a decade. In fact, the biggest pediatric gender clinic in the world, the Gender Development Identity Service, has come under fire over allegations that up to 97.5 percent of their patients have autism.
Dr. Bradley said that the tendency of those with autism to focus intensely on subjects that interest them and their inability to let go of something once they are convinced it is true make them particularly vulnerable to those who prey on them to undergo sex reassignment surgery.
In many cases, they lack friends because they are unable to fit in and struggle to manage strong feelings. Some are therefore drawn to the sense of community they find when they express an interest in transgenderism.
Dr. Bradley told the Daily Caller News Foundation: “When somebody happens to mention that, you know, they’re trans or they hear about trans kids and go online, even if all they do is say, ‘I wonder if I’m trans,’ a lot of these kids are automatically accepted. ‘Well, you must be trans if you’ve even thought about that.’ And for them, that is a very helpful reaction, because all of a sudden, they feel as though that explains all of the trouble all the way along.”
One young woman who received a double mastectomy and cross-sex hormones from the age of 13 to 17 but now regrets her medical transition, Chloe Cole, had precisely this type of experience. She said that after speaking to a non-transgender person who was also on the autism spectrum about some of her symptoms and her experience of puberty, she found that the feelings she was describing are all just a part of being autistic and going through puberty. She is now suing the medical professionals and hospitals that took part in her gender transition, while her attorneys maintain that she should have been given psychotherapy for autism rather than rushing into genital mutilation.
Right now, approximately 300,000 American minors are identifying as transgender, with as many as 30,000 of them seeking gender-related medical interventions. There are now around 100 clinics offering gender transition procedures to young people. They claim they are helping children, but these studies show that what many of these young people really need is treatment for their underlying mental health issues, which could well spare them from painful genital mutilation, infertility and a lifetime of regret.
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