One renowned psychiatrist from John Hopkins University has warned of repercussions for children who are allowed to undergo treatment to change their gender. He compares it to performing frontal lobotomies.
Paul McHugh said in an interview with The College Fix, that people are seeking treatment after feeling they are transgender, and the treatment from the medical and psychiatric sectors is dangerous, Of particular concern for McHugh are the children that feel confused about their gender, and are given treatment that may have long-term complications.”Many people are doing what amounts to an experiment on these young people without telling them it’s an experiment,” he told The Fix via phone.”You need evidence for that, and this is a very serious treatment. It is comparable to doing frontal lobotomies.”
The person may need treatment for a mental issue such as depression, and after undergoing transgender treatment, they discover they still suffer from the same problems. “I think their mental problems, often depression, discouragement, are the things that need treatment,” he said. “I’m not positive about this. It’s a hypothesis, but it is a very plausible hypothesis, and it would explain why many of the people who go on to have treatment of their body discover they are just as depressed, discouraged, and live just as problematic lives as they did before because they did not address the primary problem.”
Often the patient has no idea what is involved in making such a drastic change to his or her body, “They’re going to be in the hands of doctors for the rest of their lives, many of them are going to be sterilized not able to have their own children, and many will regret this,” McHugh said.
“Can you imagine having a life where you need to seek doctors all the time, for everything, just to live? Getting your hormones checked, getting everything checked—that is something doctors should like to spare people of,” he added.
History may not be too kind, said McHugh.”I believe it will be something like how we think of eugenics now,” he insisted. “We will come to regret it when we discover how many of the young people that were injured regret it themselves.”
A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine examined responses of more than 65,200 students from several dozen different American institutions. Of the1,200 students who reported gender issues, 80 percent of them also reported they suffered from mental problems.
Dr. Michelle Cretella, the executive director of the American College of Pediatricians (ACP), has also been sounding the alarm on transgendering children. The ACP published “Gender Ideology Harms Children,” urging a rejection of “all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex.”
Cretella said there is a “serious ethical problem” for doing these procedures to children, as they are not able to understand the associated risks. Risks involved permanent loss of sexual function and sterilization.
Endocrinologists are also warning that there are no published studies of long-term side effects. The cross-sex hormones that are needed to produce the desired results of looking like the opposite sex are much higher than diseases of the endocrine system that lead to early deaths.