In an article in the WallStreet Journal, Dr. Paul R. McHugh, distinguished professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins and their chief psychiatrist for almost three decades, wrote about a medical fact: sex change, or what is now routinely called "sexual reassignment surgery" is "biologically impossible". He also referred to what is routinely called "transgenderism" as a mental disorder. He further opined that those who promote sex change operations are not helping but hurting people with this disorder.
"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 says the transgendered person's disorder is in the person's "assumption" that they are different than the physical reality of their body, their maleness or femaleness, as assigned by nature, similar to a "dangerously thin" person suffering anorexia who looks in the mirror and thinks they are overweight.
The 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. Thus 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.
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. 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.
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. ‘Sex change’ is biologically impossible," he said. "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."
Because this disorder is not seen for what it is and allowed free reign and uncritical acceptance, it has morphed into further confusion concerning the meaning of the human person, as evidenced in the following video: