Johns Hopkins Psychiatrist: “Transgenderism is a Mental Disorder”

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After the president’s announcement Wednesday, that transgendered individuals would no longer be permitted to serve in the US military, the meltdown of the fringe left began to ensue. Thousands of good little leftists joined the cacophony of screams for the president’s head — and of all those who support him in this decision. And it is the right decision.

Transgenderism is a documented mental disorder; an extremely obvious one at that. Former chief of psychiatry at the renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland (generally considered to be one of the greatest hospitals in not just America, but the entire world), Dr. Paul McHugh, had this this to say on the subject as recently as 2016:

“…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 suffer a disorder of “assumption” like those in other disorders familiar to psychiatrists. With the transgendered, the disordered assumption is that the individual differs from what seems given in nature—namely one’s maleness or femaleness. Other kinds of disordered assumptions are held by those who suffer from anorexia and bulimia nervosa, where the assumption that departs from physical reality is the belief by the dangerously thin that they are overweight. With body dysmorphic disorder, an often socially crippling condition, the individual is consumed by the assumption “I’m ugly.” These disorders occur in subjects who have come to believe that some of their psycho-social conflicts or problems will be resolved if they can change the way that they appear to others. Such ideas work like ruling passions in their subjects’ minds and tend to be accompanied by a solipsistic argument…

How to respond? Psychiatrists obviously must challenge the solipsistic concept that what is in the mind cannot be questioned. Disorders of consciousness, after all, represent psychiatry’s domain; declaring them off-limits would eliminate the field. We at Johns Hopkins University—which in the 1960s was the first American medical center to venture into “sex-reassignment surgery”—launched a study in the 1970s comparing the outcomes of transgendered people who had the surgery with the outcomes of those who did not. Most of the surgically treated patients described themselves as “satisfied” by the results, 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.

It now appears that our long-ago decision was a wise one. A 2011 study at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden produced the most illuminating results yet regarding the transgendered, evidence that should give advocates pause. The long-term study—up to 30 years—followed 324 people who had sex-reassignment surgery. The study revealed that beginning about 10 years after having the surgery, the transgendered began to experience increasing mental difficulties. Most shockingly, their suicide mortality rose almost 20-fold above the comparable nontransgender population. This disturbing result has as yet no explanation but probably reflects the growing sense of isolation reported by the aging transgendered after surgery. The high suicide rate certainly challenges the surgery prescription.”

There are many factors that can disqualify a person from military service; from excessive body fat percentage, to grade point average, to mental illness. Attention Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Bulimia, Anorexia, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety Disorder, etc., are all disqualifying conditions.
It is not in anyway advantageous or prudent to put weapons into the hands of people who are demonstrably mentally unfit to wield them, and that is why the president, with the advice of his General officers, has made this decision. The political left is simply whipping it’s loyal hounds into an emotional and irrational frenzy on every conceivable issue in an attempt to make the ridiculous into the new normal. Transgenderism isn’t normal. Pretending like it is does not help anyone. It’s simply enabling a harmful proclivity that needs to be treated, as Dr. McHugh suggests, by a psychiatrist — not a surgeon.
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