Transgenderism Linked to Suicide

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by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  January 7, 2016   

Research links gender dysphoria to mental disorders and higher rates of suicide

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STOCKHOLM (ChurchMilitant.com) - Current research is indicating that those afflicted with gender dysphoria, known as transgenderism, have abnormal brain development linked to mental disorder, which in turn is linked to higher rates of suicide.

A transgender is a person who acts as if he is of the opposite gender than his biological or physical sex. Bruce Jenner, known now as "Caitlyn," is one such individual.

The clinical term for those confused about their sexual identity is "gender dysphoria."

A study in December conducted in Stockholm, Sweden found abnormalities in the brains of those afflicted with gender dysphoria. The study compared the brain of normal persons to brains of so-called transgenders. It found the brains in transgenders were abnormal in size and weaker in certain functions.

Their research concluded that "[d]istinct structural and functional pattern in the own-body image network may represent biological markers for the dysphoric own-body perception in transgender individuals." This was supported by an earlier study in 2014 that found 62.7 percent of those diagnosed with gender dysphoria suffer from mental illness.

According to Suicide.org, over 90 percent of people who commit suicide suffered from mental illness.

A correlation between transgenderism and suicide was established by a survey of 6,450 transgenders conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Additionally, a World Health Organization report compiled from 15 countries correlated transgenderism and suicide.

These studies found that 50 percent of transgender youth attempted suicide. Furthermore, it found that transgenders themselves reported higher rates of drug abuse, unemployment and homelessness.

Author and public speaker Walt Heyer suffered from gender dysphoria for many years before his conversion back to his biological sex. He is now trying to help those similarly afflicted with transgenderism.

In addition to writing and speaking about this illness, Heyer has also started the website SexChangeRegret.com to gather information on battling this mental disorder in hopes of helping those who have suffered as he did.

Even though conversion therapy, which helps to ameliorate or remove gender confusion in such individuals, has reported a success rate as high as 80 percent, nevertheless, lawmakers are blocking the ability for these individuals to get clinical help.

Four states and one federal district currently ban conversion therapy: California, New Jersey, Oregon, Illinois and the District of Columbia. In Cincinnati, Ohio, the city council passed an ordinance fining counselors who try to help a sexually confused teen $200 per day, or $6,000 per month.

New York City recently passed a law whereby a person can be fined up to $250,000 if he fails to address a person according to his preferred gender. States or cities criminalizing psychotherapy meant to explore and treat transgenderism as a mental disorder is being backed by the White house adminstration.

Concerned about such government opposition to treatment of gender dysphoria, Walt Heyer insists,

[T]ransgenders need treatment to help reduce the staggering number of suicides. Lawmakers are interfering with recovery by withholding sound psycotherapies from a population in dire need of effective treatment. ... Today's transgenders must have open and free access to any and all psychotherapies at any age.

Watch Walt Heyer discussing the suffering involved in failure to treat transgenderism in this episode of "Mic'd Up—The Transgenda":

 

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Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.

Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th. is a staff writer for ChurchMilitant.com.

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