Psychology Today on “Why Transgender People Experience More Mental Health Issues”

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Katherine Schreiber’s Psychology Today article, “Why Transgender People Experience More Mental Health Issues” (December 6, 2016 AD) begins by noting:
“Individuals who identify as transgender tend to experience higher rates of mental health issues than the general population. While approximately 6.7 percent of the general United States population suffers from depression and 18 percent grapple with some iteration of an anxiety disorder, nearly half of all individuals who identify as transgender experience these issues. What’s more, over 41 percent of trans men and women are estimated to have attempted suicide — a rate that’s nearly nine times as high as the rate of cisgender Americans” (find PDF here).

And, you guessed it, the cause is stated as being the fault of anyone but themselves. Now, I most certainly grant without reservation that trans personages are subject to what the article terms “discrimination, stigma, lack of acceptance, and abuse…on an unfortunately regular basis.”
Yet, as a Latino Jew who has lived in two countries and three cities I can assure you that very many people are regularly subjected to regular discrimination, stigma, lack of acceptance, and abuse due to socio-political views, gender (such as being male amongst feminists or female amongst male chauvinist pigs), epidermal pigmentation hue (aka skin color or “race” (of which there is only one)), being “too fat” or “too skinny,” being too poor or too rich, etc., etc., etc. Such are sad facts of real life.

In fact, the article’s subtitle is “It has nearly everything to do with the way they are treated” which means that what must be mitigated is not the real mental health issues occurring within trans personages themselves but we must fundamentally reeducate (read, mis-educate) culture so that it becomes essentially illegal to well, affirm 3-D reality before one’s very eyes.

However, why do trans personages top the list of psychological disorders when they do not top the list of discrimination, stigma, lack of acceptance, and abuse?

Note that, for example, research shows that even within countries/cultures wherein such lifestyles are accepted, affirmed, praised, etc. the suicide rates are just as high. For example, “the same dysfunctions exist at inordinately high levels among homosexuals in cultures where the practice is more widely accepted” (Sandfort, T.G.M.; de Graaf, R.; Bijl, R.V.; Schnabel. Same-sex sexual behavior and psychiatric disorders. Arch. Gen. Psychiatry. 58 (2001): 85-91).

So, regular discrimination, stigma, lack of acceptance, and abuse is one side of the coin, is certainly the only one that is shown, the one that engenders (and no, “engender” has nothing to do with “gender”) a victimhood mentality, and makes it so that special privilege laws are passed.
I say engenders a victimhood mentality which goes beyond actually being a victim but forming a worldview based on victimhood so that one is constantly on the defensive and becomes an activist within a movement—to whatever degree.

In any case, what is the other side of the mental health issue, depression, anxiety disorder, suicide coin?

Well, by its very nature trans implies considering oneself to actually be that which one is not. This denotes a fundamental psychological (and logical) conflict.
This alone can account for psychological, emotional, rational, and spiritual problems.

Along with this has historically come two sides of another coin: the oppressive side and that accepting side.
When oppressed, that brings along with it issues such as loathing others as well as self-loathing and one is uncomfortable in one’s own skin, as it were, due to being told that they do not belong therein—in a manner of speaking.
When accepted, that still brings along with it issues such as self-loathing and lack of comfort in one’s own skin because, at some or another level, one still knows (at the level of the subconscious or soul) that they do not belong therein.

Add to this the fact that many trans personages are taking hardcore pharmaceuticals, often beginning at a young age (increasingly younger as the militant trans movement marches on) and long term.
Such pharmaceuticals wage biological warfare with one’s front loaded/built in design for body composition/morphology. Thus, there is a literal battle taking place within such trans bodies where the body is naturally building one structure but is saturated with chemicals that attempt to force it to deviate from that template/plan.

Add to this the fact that many LGBTQIAP+ personages (with the possible exception of the “A”s) are so due to having suffered various forms of abuse—physical, sexual, mental, emotional, spiritual—in their early years and thus, come to the table, as it were, already damaged. Thus, their problems are not solely about gender identity and in fact, gender identity problems is actually one of their symptoms.

You can add to this so very many other things that are relevant to elucidating why trans personages are uniquely subject to mental health issue, depression, anxiety disorder, and suicide and we have a lot with which to deal before we get anywhere near regular discrimination, stigma, lack of acceptance, and abuse.

I will leave you with a statement about homosexuals in particular (although, it could apply to various personages within the LGBTQIAP+ acronym) as made by long time homosexual activist Harvey Fierstein (Op-Ed for The New York Times, “The Culture of Disease,” July 31, 2003 AD):

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So we produced advertising, created enlightenment programs, spent endless hours making certain that having AIDS or being H.I.V. positive was nothing to be ashamed of. We did a great job. Maybe too great a job. After all the effort exerted to convince the world that AIDS is not a gay disease, we now have a generation embracing AIDS as its gay birthright…Many of our young men see infection as a right of passage [sic], an inevitable coming of age. I hear of them seeking the disease as entree into the cool, queer inner circle that being negative denies them…

Unlike the photos in the ads we see, most of my friends who are on drug cocktails [to treat H.I.V.] are not having the time of their lives. They spend mornings in the bathroom throwing up or suffering from diarrhea. They spend afternoons at doctor’s appointments, clinics and pharmacies. And they spend endless evenings planning their estates and trying to make ends meet because they are not well enough to support themselves and their new drug habit. And those are just the friends for whom the drugs work. For many women the cocktails are nothing but a drain on finance, internal organs and stamina…

We have done a terrific job removing the stigma of having AIDS. But in doing so we’ve failed to eliminate the disease. H.I.V. is an almost completely avoidable infection. You need to be compliant in some very specific behaviors to be at risk. In fact, if every person now infected vowed that the disease ended with him, we could wipe out the ballooning number of new infections. Instead, we’ve sold our next generation into drug slavery and their destiny to medical researchers because we’d rather treat each other as sexual objects than as family…stop minimizing the infection with cute little names like “the gift” or “the bug.”

For more info on this and related issues, see my books In Consideration of Rev. Dr. Mel White on Christian Homosexuality and The Occult Roots of Postgenderism, And a History of Changes to Psychiatry and Psychology on which I am offering a money saving deal, see here.

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