[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]If I wore a crown and declared myself the King of England, few (if any) would validate this delusion by addressing me as “His Majesty.” However, in today’s age of increased public lunacy, those who “feel” they are a different gender than what they were born as are offered praise and support in furtherance of this delusion.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]However, through this deluge of nonsense shines a beacon of common sense. According to the former chief of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins, though who identify as “transgender” are really suffering from a form of mental illness.
Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the author of six books and over 125 peer-reviewed medical journal articles is going against the grain of popular opinion and has claimed that surgery is not the solution for those who feel they are a different gender trapped in a body.
“’Sex change’ is biologically impossible,” said McHugh. “People who undergo sex-reassignment surgery do not change from men to women or vice versa. Rather, they become feminized men or masculinized women. Claiming that this is civil-rights matter and encouraging surgical intervention is in reality to collaborate with and promote a mental disorder.
The patient, Dr. McHugh argues, suffers from a “disorder of assumption”- a belief that one can change his or her sex.
“This intensely felt sense of being transgendered constitutes a mental disorder in two respects. The first is that the idea of sex misalignment is simply mistaken – it does not correspond with physical reality. The second is that it can lead to grim psychological outcomes.”
McHugh explains that it is like those who suffer from anorexia and look in the mirror and find themselves to be fat despite being dangerously thin.
Many who identify as transgender and undergo surgery end up committing suicide, McHugh notes, and the doctor claims that “policy makers and the media are doing no favors either to the public or the transgendered by treating their confusions as a right in need of defending rather than as a mental disorder that deserves understanding, treatment and prevention.”
McHugh explained the dangers of validating this delusion as acceptable societal behavior in an article for CNS News:
This assumption, that one’s gender is only in the mind regardless of anatomical reality, has led some transgendered people to push for social acceptance and affirmation of their own subjective “personal truth,” said Dr. McHugh. As a result, some states – California, New Jersey, and Massachusetts – have passed laws barring psychiatrists, “even with parental permission, from striving to restore natural gender feelings to a transgender minor,” he said.
The pro-transgender advocates do not want to know, said McHugh, that studies show between 70% and 80% of children who express transgender feelings “spontaneously lose those feelings” over time. Also, for those who had sexual reassignment surgery, most said they were “satisfied” with the operation “but their subsequent psycho-social adjustments were no better than those who didn’t have the surgery.”
“And so at Hopkins we stopped doing sex-reassignment surgery, since producing a ‘satisfied’ but still troubled patient seemed an inadequate reason for surgically amputating normal organs,” said Dr. McHugh.
The former Johns Hopkins chief of psychiatry also warned against enabling or encouraging certain subgroups of the transgendered, such as young people “susceptible to suggestion from ‘everything is normal’ sex education,” and the schools’ “diversity counselors” who, like “cult leaders,” may “encourage these young people to distance themselves from their families and offer advice on rebutting arguments against having transgender surgery.”
Dr. McHugh also reported that there are “misguided doctors” who, working with very young children who seem to imitate the opposite sex, will administer “puberty-delaying hormones to render later sex-change surgeries less onerous – even though the drugs stunt the children’s growth and risk causing sterility.”
Such action comes “close to child abuse,” said Dr. McHugh, given that close to 80% of those kids will “abandon their confusion and grow naturally into adult life if untreated ….”
Truly, this is not an issue of civil rights, but an issue of mental health. Those who identify as a different gender are no less sick than those who are anorexic or schizophrenic and should be treated with compassion and understanding by mental health professionals.
It is the responsibility of society to advocate for their care- not to validate their delusions as legitimate and elevate their understanding of “personal truths” over cold, hard realities.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]