In the wake of the Jenner phenomenon, it is heartening to learn that Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, is on record as stating that transgenderism is a “mental disorder” that deserves treatment, but also that sex change is “biologically impossible.” McHugh says that people who support sexual reassignment surgery are cooperating with and endorsing a mental disorder.
He explained that transgender surgery is not the answer for people who suffer a “disorder of ‘assumption’” – the belief that their maleness or femaleness is dissimilar to what nature gave them biologically.
There is a recent study showing that the suicide rate among transgendered people who underwent reassignment surgery is 20 times higher than the suicide rate among non-transgender people. McHugh also revealed studies from Vanderbilt University and London’s Portman Clinic of children who had expressed transgender feelings but for whom, over time, 70%-80% “spontaneously lost those feelings.”
Dr. McHugh remarked too 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.”
“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.”
The transgendered person’s disorder, said Dr. McHugh, is in the person’s “assumption” that they are different than the physical truth of their body, their maleness or femaleness, as assigned by nature. McHugh sees it as a disorder much like a “dangerously thin” person suffering anorexia who looks in the mirror and thinks they are “overweight.”
The aforementioned assumption has led some transgendered people to seek social acceptance and affirmation of their own “personal truth,” said Dr. McHugh. Thus, some states have passed laws barring psychiatrists, “even with parental permission, from striving to restore natural gender feelings to a transgender minor,” he said.
Tragically, 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. In addition, 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 cautioned against empowering or encouraging 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 testified 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 difficult – even though the drugs stunt the children’s growth and risk causing sterility.”
This indeed borders on “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 ….”
“’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.” And that ain't all.....