Gender Dysphoria is a Real Problem

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018


What popular culture celebrates as “transgenderism/transsexualism” is a significant mental disorder that requires psychological treatment, not sexual reassignment surgery and hormone treatment. According to Gabbard’s Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders, Fifth Edition, suicide rates among individuals who undergo sexual reassignment are disproportionately higher than those who do not, while those who receive treatment in the form of psychotherapy are more accepting of their natal sex and often do not pursue sexual reassignment surgery. The fact that psychotherapy is a markedly more successful treatment for Gender Dysphoria is undermined by popular culture’s confusion and politicization of the diagnostic issues surrounding a serious mental disorder.

As described by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), Gender Dysphoria is, “A marked incongruence between one’s experienced/expressed gender and assigned gender… The condition is associated with clinically significant distress or impairment….” Gender Dysphoria is accompanied by functional consequences such as, “relationship difficulties,” “sexual relationship problems,” and “[impaired] functioning at school or work.” Symptoms of this disorder are found in children beginning at ages 2-4. However the persistency rates (i.e. how often the disorder persists into adolescence or adulthood) are 2.2-30% and 12-50% for males and females respectively. Even if the huge range for each statistic is disregarded, these persistency rates are quite low and suggest that children often grow out of it.

Children are highly impressionable, and popular culture’s promotion and celebration of gender fluidity does nothing but increase persistency rates and will lead to more individuals suffering from the consequences of Gender Dysphoria. Furthermore, the DSM-5 explains, “The equivalent of gender dysphoria has also been reported in individuals living in cultures with institutionalized gender categories other than male or female. It is unclear whether with these individuals the diagnostic criteria for Gender Dysphoria would be met.”

As a result of deviant gender categories being implemented and normalized, individuals suffering from mental disorders like Gender Dysphoria may not receive treatment. This is extraordinarily dangerous for these individuals, considering the high comorbidity (diagnosed together) of Gender Dysphoria with anxiety and depression disorders, which often alone require treatment for the individual to be successful in their relationships, occupation, social life, etc.

Historically, the treatment of individuals suffering from mental disorders has fallen short, to say the least. Since the sixties, local and state governments have shifted the responsibility of caring for those with mental disorders more and more onto the Federal Government. As a result, local communities are no longer aware of, in touch with, or caring for those in their immediate surroundings. Many people in need of help then continue to fall through the cracks.

It’s not an overstatement to say that the care of all mentally ill people is woefully inadequate and those with Gender Dysphoria obviously also lack the care they need because of this.

We have certainly made improvements in our understanding of mental illness over time. Technology and research have expanded our knowledge of psychology and all its mysteries. We don’t seem to be using this great knowledge to its full potential though, by any means.

It has never benefited a sick person to convince them that they are not sick, but the culture being promulgated by far left students, professors and politicians does just that. This culture leads to difficulties in identifying, diagnosing and treating individuals who are actually suffering from a serious mental disorder. Normalizing an illness benefits no one, in fact, it will eventually seriously harm those who are truly suffering from gender dysphoria and are in need of help.

 

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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About Charles Jones

University of North Dakota

Charles is a psychology and philosophy/pre-law major at the University of North Dakota. His interests include politics, philosophy, and covfefe.

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