Mental health professionals have ‘abandoned’ duty of care in treatment of trans youth, therapist says
One family therapist said mental health professionals have abandoned their duty of care when it comes to treating trans youth, and the long-term effects could be catastrophic.
“We’ve allowed our role to change in the public eye,” Stephanie Wynn, a licensed marriage and family therapist in Portland, Oregon, told Fox News. The new role of therapists is to “green light or rubber-seal people in these medical procedures when it is not ours to treat any other problem.”
Young people’s access to gender-transitional medical treatments such as pubertal blockers, sex hormones, and surgery has been widely discussed in recent years with Palace critics say They are too young to change their bodies, sometimes permanently. However, advocates argue that such care is lifesaving because untreated young transgender people face Higher rates of depression and suicide.
Wayne argued that Narration created Mental health professionals encourage uncritical acceptance of a child’s trans identity, leaving potential mental illnesses untreated. Young people experiencing suicidal thoughts and other distress, she said, do not always receive proper care and, in some cases, may receive life-altering treatment and may cause additional problems later on.
The number of transgender teens under the age of 18 doubled between 2017 and 2020, from .7% to 1.4%, According to University of California research. The June report also found, based on government health surveys, that just under 43% of 1.6 million people Getting to know transgender people In the United States between 13 and 25 years old.
Wayne said she has become “increasingly concerned” about the trend of identifying young people as transgender or non-binary and the “lifelong and irreversible medical experiences that occur to children as a result of this ideology”. And in 10 to 15 years, she added, “we’re going to see a transition of regret, and unfortunately, we’re going to have to worry about some of the scariest mental health outcomes as part of that.”
In the past two years, 25 states have introduced legislation that would restrict access to gender transitional medical treatment for minors. Meanwhile, 27 countries have passed restrictive legislation “Conversion therapy” for transgender youth, which the GLAAD defines as “any attempt to change a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or sexual expression.”
Mental health professionals fear backlash And they could risk losing their licenses if they try to treat dysphoric patients with anything besides transitional therapy, according to Wayne, who herself has faced such problems.
“Many of my colleagues have abandoned our duty of care, either out of ignorance or cowardice,” she told Fox News.
gender identity disorder As defined by Mayo Clinic, is “the feeling of discomfort or distress that may occur in persons whose gender identity differs from the gender defined at birth.” Adolescents diagnosed with puberty blockers can be treated to prevent unwanted changes, such as their menstrual cycle or deepening of their voice. Later, they may receive cross-sex hormones to develop opposite-sex characteristics — such as facial hair — as well as breast and genital repositioning surgeries.
Wayne said a “completely different standard of care” has been established for treating gender dysphoria compared to other mental health disorders as a result of public pressure and training from transgender activists.
The therapist believes that mental health professionals, as a result, do not do their due diligence when Transgender youth treatment They confirm prematurely and direct children to the path of medical treatment. She said these professionals are not adequately trying to determine whether their patients’ feelings of gender dysphoria are manifested by other frequently associated mental illnesses, rather than the other way around.
Assistant Secretary of Health Rachel Levine said in April. Interview with NPR It “is indisputable among medical professionals—pediatricians, pediatric endocrinologists, adolescent medicine physicians, adolescent psychiatrists, psychologists, etc.—about the value and importance of gender assertive care.”
Levine, who is transgender, noted several medical organizations that — including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry — support “evidence-based standards of care” for gender transition therapy.
“We just told you that if someone tells you that they identify as such, that’s the end of the story,” Wayne told Fox News. “Don’t ask any questions, just confirm, just agree, and then get them on that path of medical treatment.”
Wayne used to treat transgender youth but said she stopped after being targeted by activists. She told the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists in December that “strangers on the Internet,” often anonymously, They were threatening her and claim that “my behavior is illegal and they have grounds to report because they believe I violated the ban on conversion therapy.”
The Board opened an investigation into Wen’s case in April, but it was dismissed in June, the therapist She wrote on her blog.
In addition to confirming patients, Wen said mental health Professionals are expected To drive a wedge between families.
“We expect to tell parents that they should let their children lead, even though children need structure, rules, discipline and boundaries,” she told Fox News. “And if they don’t, they’re bigots.”
‘A very dangerous novel’
According to Winn, failing to properly eradicate the cause of a child’s suffering is not only irresponsible — it can be dangerous.
Studies have shown that transgender youth suffer from psychological disorders including anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, ADHD, and autism compared to their peers, and they also face a higher risk of suicide. According to a survey conducted by Trevor Projectnearly one in five transgender and non-binary youth has attempted suicide in the past year — about twice the rate of gender-compliant youth.
Troy Stevenson, campaign director for advocacy and government affairs at The Trevor Project, told The Washington Post in August.
Wayne argued that the higher rate Suicidal ideation among transgender youth It is often wrongly attributed to stigma and discrimination. She said the law is used to pressure doctors and parents into assertion.
“I think it’s a very serious novel,” Wayne told Fox News. By accepting that discrimination is a primary driver of suicidal tendencies in these cases, Wayne said that professionals “ignore the real problems” and “absend our responsibility” in child psychoanalysis to determine whether there are other underlying or additional issues causing distress.
However, Wynn does not reduce the risk of suicide among troubled youth.
“Do young people express suicidal thoughts? Sure. But are we handling it right? No,” she said.
“We need to look at how to do the least damage, how to provide the least invasive, the most effective treatment, and that means psychotherapy, not medical treatment,” Wayne told Fox News. Instead of immediate confirmation, she said, mental health professionals should perform an assessment and investigate how long the child has had dysphoria and how mental health issues or life changes might be contributing.
Family therapist, who often sees parents with him children identificationwarned that there could later be an even worse mental health crisis stemming from transitional regret.
“You have this epidemic where the barriers are going down more and more. There is less and less testing,” Wayne said. “Transition age is getting younger. More kids are doing it. So the rate of transition that he regrets now can only be expected to rise.”
Wayne fears that in 10 years, we will have “a generation of 20 and 30-year-olds feeling betrayed by their parents, teachers, doctors, therapists, friends, and everyone else who ‘confirmed them'”.
Common suicide risk factors include chronic pain, loss of relationships, and an unfulfilled romantic and sexual life, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Wayne warned that children undergoing medical treatment with heterosexual transmission would face a higher risk of infection with these children in the future.
“They will face the fact that they can’t have children, that they can’t have sex, that their bodies feel hurt and broken and scarred, and they feel embarrassed, ashamed and remorse,” she said.
Young advocates declined to be interviewed by Fox News. The following trans youth support and support organizations did not respond to interview requests: Equality Union; human rights campaign; National Center or Gender Equality; National LGBTQ Task Force; Trans Youth Foundation for Equality; American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network; Republican log cabin. Colombia’s Gender Identity Program; and the NYU Langone Transgender Health Unit.