A mental disease? #transgender

Dr. Paul R. McHugh
Dr. Paul R. McHugh

“…transgenderism is a “mental disorder” that merits treatment, that sex change is “biologically impossible,” and that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating with and promoting a mental disorder.”

(Former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry)

Well, this guy is a doctor on the subject… So, don’t kill the messenger!

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5 Replies to “A mental disease? #transgender”

  1. Until about four decades ago, the American Psychiatric Association listed homosexuality as a mental illness in its bible of psychiatry otherwise know as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). Since some transgender individuals may identify as homosexual, this suggest that the good doctor is, at the minimum, out of step with a goodly number of colleagues.

    Recent research suggests that perhaps half of an individual’s personality traits are hard-wired into our genes. More recently, Canadian researchers found prenatal maternal stress attributed to the Great Ice Storm of 1998 permanently altered the DNA in some children born the subsequent months.

    Even the most cursory examination of human history suggests a good deal of unease with those failing to fit into roles assigned them by society. Yet, increasingly, science is discovering that genetic disposition is largely predetermined.

    Other factors may also play a role. Among them is the toxic chemical cocktail that surrounds those living in industrialized countries – and other species – every day. For example, most plastics leach chemicals that mick estrogen (the dominate female hormone). Then, there are the antibiotics in meat, hormones in dairy products, and pesticides in fruits and vegetables.

    These new discoveries have profound implications for the shaping of human institutions such as criminal justice and religion. What was once considered to be everything from demonic possession to choice, may very well turn out to be less a matter of free will than once thought.

    More frightening, one of the theories on the decline of Rome was proliferation of lead everyday life. Americans may be doing the same thing to themselves – howbeit by other means. If true, this could mean that transgenders are proverbial canaries in the mine warning of things to come!

  2. I don’t have a strong feeling one way, or the other, about the good doctor. However, since his commentary in the Wall Street Journal was the subject of this blog, I think it is fair to put another commentary, on his commentary, into the mix.
    I must admit, I am hesitant to support any transgender operation (ouch), but I can’t help but think that nature provides different levels of hormones in humans that effect their sex. Nature also screws up, and sometimes provides a baby with both sex organs. So I find it reasonable to assume genetics, hormones, and the brain to be tied up in an extremely complex game. And not so simple as the good doctor says.
    Commentary on the Wall Street Journal commentary here:
    http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2014/06/16/the_wall_street_journal_displays_shocking_ignorance_about_lgbtq_issues.html

    1. Nature’s sometimes whimsical and experimental nature is perceived as a threat because it supports the theory of evolution; and because the possibility of gene alteration caused by chemical discharges into the environment threatens some very profitable capitalist industries. Yet, even DuPont is smart enough to have stopped its “better living through chemistry” propaganda, aka advertising, campaign decades ago!

      Besides, some folks just like their view of life to be simplistic even if its warped and wrong. Like Archie Bunker, they prefer stupid enemies, subservient women , servile minorities, as well as insy and outsy sex assignments. When confronted with a more complex real world, they go nuts!!!

  3. “they go nuts!!!”…
    Is this a pun? Go with, or without, nuts! That is the question. Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous oppression, or…I forget the rest of it. Hamlet can teach us a lot.

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