Transgender Mental Illness: Can we end these myths?

Transgender mental illness

Transgender-related news is currently in the mainstream because of our current age. But in some ways, falsehoods about transgender mental illness continue to circulate. The transgender population has major issues with mental health, yet being trans doesn’t always mean having a mental disease.

There’s no such thing as a transgender mental illness. Mental health is a serious issue, and trans mental illness is no such thing. The DSM-Criteria has finally approved that gender nonconformity is not a mental illness. The latest edition of the American Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) confirms this.

And no, just because you don’t fit into society’s predetermind concepts of sex and gender doesn’t mean your brain is suffer to have mental health problems. People who identify as transgender do not have an increased risk of developing mental health problems. but because our society continues to foster a hostile climate for people who identify as transgender.

‘BUT I THOUGHT GENDER DYSPHORIA WAS A MENTAL ILLNESS’ said anonymously.

Gender dysphoria is a disorder of the mind rather than a physical ailment. and indicates that you are upset because the gender you identify with does not match the sex with which you were born.

According to the American Psychiatric Association:

Gender diversity itself does not constitute a disorder. Dysphoria results from the discomfort brought on by the body and mind not cooperating and from the societal marginalization of people who identify as gender nonconforming.

OFFICIALLY, TRANSGENDER “MENTAL ILLNESS” IS OVER. Being transgender is a mental illness, earlier people believed so. This is not change in America until 2013. This is when the term “gender identity disorder” has eventually change to “gender dysphoria” in the DSM, the diagnostic manual used by all mental health professionals in the USA. This shifted the emphasis from pathologizing identity to identity-related discomfort. Of course, the rest of the world uses the ICD rather than the DSM. The World Health Organization has produced a diagnosis guide. Only the ICD-11, which was released completely in 2018, shows major modifications.

The mental diseases section no longer includes “gender identity disorder.” “Gender incongruence” has been used in its place. In the end it becomes clear that it is a health problem rather than a mental illness by listing it as sexual health rather than mental disorders.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF TRANSGENDER MENTAL ILLNESS VS MEDICAL CONDITION

There have been some spectacular highs and lows in the history of transgenderism and mental health. There was Magnus Hirschfeld back in 1918. He was a German doctor who was attempting to establish that the urge to express a gender other than that specified sex was a medical issue, not a mental disease. We have already provided sex change procedures and hormone treatment. Unfortunately, the Nazis who destroyed his institute also set fire to a lot of his research. In America, things move more slowly. In 1966, American endocrinologist Henry Benjamin wrote The Transsexual Phenomenon. It bolstered the argument that people who believe their sex to be inconsistent with their gender require access to hormone medication and surgery, not a stigma against them.

However, there was another notion when, ten years later, in 1979, research with obvious faults nevertheless had an influence. It implies that surgery did not resolve the psychological issues that transgender people faced. As a result, the nation’s first gender identity clinic that offered reassignment surgery had to shut its doors. The term “gender identity disorder” was added to the DSM in 1980.

WHAT CREATES MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES?

While some researchers give evidence that mental health problems are merely brain functions, they have been unable to do so. There is no clear winner in the “nature vs. nurture” debate. The current belief is that many contributing elements can affect mental health, including biology as well as our environment and experiences. Therefore, if a child who is genetically predisposed to depression has a secure upbringing that results in an adult with a strong sense of self, he may never suffer from depression. On the other hand, a challenging event would cause it.

HOW DOES THIS RELATE TO MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES?

The key idea is that stressful or traumatic situations put your mental health at risk.

 Yes, at least in Western nations, we can now have a conversation regarding transgender concerns. However, a lot of transgender people still experience trauma and ongoing stress, including

●     social isolation and loneliness;

●     healthcare access restrictions;

●     rejection or neglect from family and friends;

●     minority stress;

●      bullying and harassment;

●      victimization by hate crimes; and so forth.

fear of being themselves and a persistent sense of separation. Not to mention, the globe is not the West. Furthermore, being transgender is still illegal in more than 10 nations. One that, in some circumstances, is even punishable by death. How stressful is that?

MENTAL HEALTH STATISTICS IN THE TRANS COMMUNITY

So it makes sense that the transgender population has a high rate of mental health difficulties. In a data analysis containing information from over ten thousand clients, 58 percent of transgender customers had at least one mental health disorder, compared to only 13.7% of the overall population. The most prevalent conditions were shown to be major depressive disorder and anxiety disorder. Additionally, the prevalence of drug addiction disorders was quite high.

IT’S OKAY TO HAVE MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES

It’s crucial to understand that there is no shame in believing that being trans has something to do with mental health problems. Again, if you are under continual stress, it is very difficult to flourish. It is important to prioritize your health and to get help from a professional. This may mean contacting a mental health organization or support group or seeking an individual counselor or online counseling.

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