Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

Peer Pressure and Prior Psychiatric Illness Linked to Gender Issues in Teens

Posted by M. C. on September 20, 2018

Peer pressure encourages transgendering!  There are some really insecure people. This goes back to previous posts describing how youth used to be treated like adults in their early teens. Now 20/30 somethings remain children living in parents basements.

The effects of social media are out of control.  Just like…

Psychiatrics-They invent a drug for every illness…or is it the other way around?

Psychiatric drugs may do more than just turn people into killers. No worries, there is always a psychiatric drug to fix the damage from the other psychiatric drug.

by Dr. Susan Berry

A new study that has drawn criticism from transgender activists finds most teens “come out” as transgender after belonging to a peer group in which multiple friends identify as trans.

Additionally, the study shows most young people announcing they are transgendered have already been identified with at least one mental health disorder.

In the study –  published at PLoS ONE –  that focused on teens who are predominantly female, Lisa Littman, an assistant professor of behavioral and social sciences at Brown University, found 87 percent of the young people were reported by their parents to have “come out” as trans after increased time spent on social media and the Internet and after “cluster outbreaks” of gender dysphoria among their groups of friends. Most of the teens who ultimately identified as transgender also showed increased popularity with peer groups afterward.

Of the teens whose parents participated in the study, 62.5% had been diagnosed with at least one mental health disorder prior to the onset of their gender dysphoria. In 36.8% of the teens’ friendship groups, the majority of the members “came out” as transgendered.

“The most likely outcomes were that AYA [adolescent and young adult children] mental well-being and parent-child relationships became worse since AYAs ‘came out,’” reported Littman, adding:

AYAs expressed a range of behaviors that included: expressing distrust of non-transgender people (22.7%); stopping spending time with non-transgender friends (25.0%); trying to isolate themselves from their families (49.4%), and only trusting information about gender dysphoria from transgender sources (46.6%)…

In 2012, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Task Force on the Treatment of Gender Identity Disorder specified that adolescents with gender dysphoria “should be screened carefully to detect the emergence of the desire for sex reassignment in the context of trauma as well as for any disorder (such as schizophrenia, mania, psychotic depression) that may produce gender confusion. When present, such psychopathology must be addressed and taken into account prior to assisting the adolescent’s decision as to whether or not to pursue sex reassignment or actually assisting the adolescent with the gender transition.”

Littman refers to her study as “exploratory,” and says it serves to warn “that clinicians need to be very cautious before relying solely on self-report when AYAs seek social, medical or surgical transition.”

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