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College of Pediatricians urge “don’t destroy their healthy bodies”

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There is no long-term evidence that mental health concerns are decreased or alleviated after “gender affirming therapy.”

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In a comprehensive review, the American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) addresses the complex issue of gender dysphoria in adolescents, highlighting the critical need for a compassionate, yet scientifically grounded approach to care. The report scrutinizes the mental health challenges faced by this vulnerable group, notably the heightened risk of depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation, while casting a critical eye on the prevailing “gender-affirming” treatment model. The paper underscores the absence of long-term evidence supporting the efficacy of such interventions, including puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and surgical procedures, in improving mental health outcomes. Furthermore, the review draws attention to the potential for regret among those who undergo these irreversible treatments. Echoing the concerns of many in the medical community, Dr. Michael Artigues, President of ACPeds, articulates a poignant critique: “The studies reviewed in this paper demonstrate what many who practice medicine intuitively understand that young patients experiencing gender dysphoria deserve help in accepting and loving themselves as they are, not interventions that destroy their healthy bodies and put them on track of medicalization for life.” This statement encapsulates the report’s call for a treatment paradigm that prioritizes psychological support and care, advocating for interventions that foster self-acceptance without compromising the individual’s long-term health and well-being.

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Only days after Alberta’s Danielle Smith announced their policies on transgender youth, The American College of Pediatricians released a report with over 60 pediatricians confirming much of the Conservative MLA’s policies.

In today’s rapidly changing social landscape, the issue of gender identity and the mental health of adolescents who experience gender dysphoria has become a topic of intense debate and concern. As a parent, I stand with those who advocate for a cautious approach to the treatment of gender dysphoria in children and adolescents, emphasizing the importance of psychological support over immediate medical intervention.

A recent report from the American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) sheds light on the complexities surrounding the mental health of adolescents with gender dysphoria. According to ACPeds, adolescents experiencing gender identity incongruence exhibit an increased incidence of mental health issues, including depression and suicidal ideation, both before and after gender-affirming therapy (GAT). This is a critical observation that challenges the prevailing narrative that immediate transition, including medical and surgical interventions, is a panacea for gender dysphoria.

One of the most concerning aspects highlighted in the ACPeds report is the lack of long-term studies demonstrating the benefits of medical and surgical interventions for gender dysphoric adolescents. The report emphasizes that there is no solid evidence proving that GAT alleviates mental health concerns in the long term. Furthermore, the report mentions that many individuals who undergo GAT later experience regret and seek to detransition, indicating that the decision to transition, often made during formative years, can have irreversible consequences, including sterility and loss of sexual function.

Dr. Michael Artigues, President of ACPeds, says “The studies reviewed in this paper demonstrate what many who practice medicine intuitively understand that young patients experiencing gender dysphoria deserve help in accepting and loving themselves as they are, not interventions that destroy their healthy bodies and put them on track of  medicalization for life.

The ACPeds report also draws attention to the association between gender dysphoria and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), suggesting that previous trauma may play a significant role in the psychopathology of these patients. This underscores the need for comprehensive psychological evaluation and therapy to address underlying issues before considering medical interventions that may have lifelong implications.

Additionally, the report raises concerns about the influence of adolescent brain development on decision-making. The brain’s neuroplasticity during adolescence means that experiences and interventions during this critical period can have profound and lasting effects. This brings into question the wisdom of facilitating social, medical, and surgical transitions for gender dysphoric youth without a thorough understanding of the long-term impacts.

In light of these findings, it is imperative to approach the treatment of gender dysphoria in adolescents with caution and a focus on mental health support. The rush to affirm and medically transition children and adolescents without addressing underlying psychological issues or considering the long-term consequences is a grave concern. It is essential to prioritize the well-being of these young individuals by offering comprehensive psychological support and exploring all possible avenues of treatment before making irreversible decisions.

It is crucial to engage in open and honest discussions that prioritize the health and well-being of gender dysphoric adolescents. We must ensure that our approach to treatment is informed by evidence-based research and a deep understanding of the long-term implications of our decisions. Conservative policies that emphasize psychological support and caution in medical intervention align with the need to protect the mental and physical health of our youth, ensuring that they receive the care and support they need to thrive.

The debate over the best approach to treating gender dysphoria in adolescents is far from settled. However, the ACPeds report offers valuable insights that contribute to a more nuanced understanding of the issue. It is our responsibility to consider these insights carefully and advocate for policies and practices that safeguard the well-being of all children and adolescents as they navigate the challenges of gender identity.

For a detailed exploration of the American College of Pediatricians’ findings and recommendations, visit their official website to access the full report.


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