A recent Finnish research found that “transgender” people’s mental health problems persisted even after they received medical therapy.
Distress and impairment caused by a lack of congruence between one’s primary and secondary sex traits and one’s experienced or expressed gender is known as gender dysphoria.
This peer-reviewed study found that contrary to what proponents say, many persons who have transgender medical therapy still need substantial mental care thereafter.
European Psychiatry, published by Cambridge University Press, carried the study’s findings in November.
From 1996 to 2019, 3,665 individuals sought gender identity services in Finland, according to the study.
Even after medical gender reassignment procedures, the research found that transgender people still have a higher prevalence of common mental symptoms compared to the control group. This is true both before and after they visit gender identity services.
According to the report, people seeking transgender medical care are seeking it out at younger ages and with higher psychological demands, and these needs will remain even after treatment has ended. Treatment use is on the rise, especially among adolescents and females.
The researchers also noted a “significant rise” in the psychiatric demands of the gender dysphoric cohort as time went on.
Severe mood disorders were the most frequent mental health issue, and they were more common in the gender dysphoric sample compared to the control group. Anxiety disorders ranked second, and they were almost identical in both categories.
Among those who had gender dysphoria, autism additionally proved more prevalent.
The research also indicated that compared to those who sought transgender therapy in the 90s and early 2000s, those seeking treatment currently are more likely to have mental difficulties.
Dr. Riittakerttu Kaltiala, who is one of the authors of the paper, originally worked on transgender hormone therapies for kids in Europe. She is now warning against drugging and altering bodies for gender dysphoria.
Concerns surfaced immediately upon Kaltiala’s 2011 appointment as director of the juvenile gender clinic at Finland’s Tampere University Hospital. It was clear to her that the youths in their care were not flourishing. Their lives were becoming worse. Additionally, Kaltiala raised concerns about the “affirming” paradigm of transgender children’s care being promoted by American doctors.