The following comes from an Aug. 20 story on CNS News,
Dr. Paul McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, said that 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.
Dr. McHugh, the author of six books and at least 125 peer-reviewed medical articles, made his remarks in a recent commentary in the Wall Street Journal, where he explained that transgender surgery is not the solution for people who suffer a “disorder of ‘assumption’” – the notion that their maleness or femaleness is different than what nature assigned to them biologically.
He also reported on a new study showing that the suicide rate among transgendered people who had reassignment surgery is 20 times higher than the suicide rate among non-transgender people. Dr. McHugh further noted studies from Vanderbilt University and London’s Portman Clinic of children who had expressed transgender feelings but for whom, over time, 70%-80% “spontaneously lost those feelings.”
While the Obama administration, Hollywood, and major media such as Time magazine promote transgenderism as normal, said Dr. McHugh, these “policy makers and the media are doing no favors either to the public or the transgendered by treating their confusions as a right in need of defending rather than as a mental disorder that deserves understanding, treatment and prevention.”
“This intensely felt sense of being transgendered constitutes a mental disorder in two respects. The first is that the idea of sex misalignment is simply mistaken – it does not correspond with physical reality. The second is that it can lead to grim psychological outcomes.”
The transgendered person’s disorder, said Dr. McHugh, is in the person’s “assumption” that they are different than the physical reality of their body, their maleness or femaleness, as assigned by nature. It is a disorder similar to a “dangerously thin” person suffering anorexia who looks in the mirror and thinks they are “overweight,” said McHugh.
This assumption, that one’s gender is only in the mind regardless of anatomical reality, has led some transgendered people to push for social acceptance and affirmation of their own subjective “personal truth,” said Dr. McHugh. As a result, some states – California, New Jersey, and Massachusetts – have passed laws barring psychiatrists, “even with parental permission, from striving to restore natural gender feelings to a transgender minor,” he said.
The pro-transgender advocates do not want to know, said McHugh, that studies show between 70% and 80% of children who express transgender feelings “spontaneously lose those feelings” over time. Also, for those who had sexual reassignment surgery, most said they were “satisfied” with the operation “but their subsequent psycho-social adjustments were no better than those who didn’t have the surgery.”
“And so at Hopkins we stopped doing sex-reassignment surgery, since producing a ‘satisfied’ but still troubled patient seemed an inadequate reason for surgically amputating normal organs,” said Dr. McHugh.
The former Johns Hopkins chief of psychiatry also warned against enabling or encouraging certain subgroups of the transgendered, such as young people “susceptible to suggestion from ‘everything is normal’ sex education,” and the schools’ “diversity counselors” who, like “cult leaders,” may “encourage these young people to distance themselves from their families and offer advice on rebutting arguments against having transgender surgery.”
Dr. McHugh also reported that there are “misguided doctors” who, working with very young children who seem to imitate the opposite sex, will administer “puberty-delaying hormones to render later sex-change surgeries less onerous – even though the drugs stunt the children’s growth and risk causing sterility.”
Such action comes “close to child abuse,” said Dr. McHugh, given that close to 80% of those kids will “abandon their confusion and grow naturally into adult life if untreated ….”
“’Sex change’ is biologically impossible,” said McHugh. “People who undergo sex-reassignment surgery do not change from men to women or vice versa. Rather, they become feminized men or masculinized women. Claiming that this is civil-rights matter and encouraging surgical intervention is in reality to collaborate with and promote a mental disorder.”
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It is impossible for a transgendered person to have a normal marriage. If the person is looking for happiness, attempting to change one’s gender is not the answer. The person would need to take heavy doses of hormones for the rest of his/her life, which is not good for one’s health. The medical community now warns women of the dangers of taking The Pill (low dose hormones) because it may cause cancer, blood clots and other health problems, and they also warn women against taking hormone replacement therapy (also low dose hormone) to relieve the symptoms of menopause for the same reason.
So, once again is vindicated the old saying that “God does not mistakes when creating His human beings, and all are made in His Image, male and female.” This gives the lie to the transgenderists who claim they’re only attempting to “fix (or tweak or enhance”) nature’s mistakes. What a crock. But everyone knows how it goes by now: “I’m TRAPPED in a man’s (woman’s) body,and need to correct the problem.” Pathetic and delusional. It’s the result of some psychic trauma occurring early on that a person needs or has to escape their assigned gender through “re-assignment surgery.” It wasn’t true in the era of Christine Jorgensen and it’s not true now. And this article proves it. For, nothing of lasting good will ever come of it. Their bad head trip needs fixing, NOT their body.
Gee, Mark, how exactly is that “God made them male and female” quote vindicated?
Let’s see, 1) there’s a condition knowns as Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome in which a person1 with XY chromosomes has cells that do not respond to testosterone and thus CANNOT develop male characteristics. Because even genetic males have low levels of estrogen, such people will develop female characteristics. In fact, the only “normal” outcome available to such people is to treat them with exogenous estrogen because they can ONLY develop as females.
Then 2) there are genetic mosaics, which are people who have some cells that are XX and others with XY chromosomes.
3) then there is Kleinfelter’s syndrome, in which the sex chromosomes are XXY.
4) then there are a number of conditions that cause ambiguous genetalia such that a person can BELIEVE they are the opposite gender than what they truly are (if they have poor natal care).
I’m not exactly sure what that biblical phrase means in light of biological reality, but it certainly does not mean that there are only unadulterated males and females in this world.
Welcome back from your vacation Jon J., or is it Jon Stewart? Whatever! Those conditions you mentioned are rare and not the norm, and don’t be too hard on the Pharisees as St. Paul was one and proud of it, and so was St. Joseph of Arimathea who provided the tomb for the Lord.
As far as poor Chasity Bono, she was molested by a woman babysitter at about eleven, according to what she says, and competing with a super sexy mother who was not exactly the best example of chastity was most likely the crux of her problems. Of course I will be slammed as a Pharisee for saying that, but the way I look at it, I will be in good company.
Anyway encouraging people to mutilate their bodies in a sex change operation, unless an operation is needed because they have real physical deformities, does not solve the problem. There was a young man near here who used to wear long blonde hair and short shorts with high heels.. He finally had a sex change but his upper legs still showed that he was a man. When the men he dated found out what he had done, they would dump him. I think he would have been far better off not having mutilated his body.
His mother and father or step father drank heavily, so that was probably some of what caused his problems. Dr. Mc Hugh is right as far as I am concerned.
John J. I am sorry for my first paragraph as I really see in your later one below that you really are honestly trying to figure out some of this.
Mental illness must be treated no matter the cause.
Mutilation is not the answer to mental illness.
” 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. ”
See the CA State DEMOCRATIC Party Platform for 2014.
Their stated goal is for all taxpayers to pay for sex change operations and a lifetime of hormones for all transgenders upon request.
What kind of people have been elected in California?
We Californians don’t call our State the “Land of Fruits and Nuts” for no reason.
We also call it “Taxi-fornia” because we are forced by a nutty government to pay for this insanity!
God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
May God have mercy on an amoral Amerika and His Church!
Viva Cristo Rey!
Kenneth M. Fisher
Correction. It’s called the Raisin Bran State: Fruits, Flakes, & Nuts. You forgot the Flakes! Get your pejoratives together, man.
For such a supposed devout catholic you display so much empathy and mercy to people who, according to your own analysis, are suffering from severe psychiatric distress.
How disgusting. Let’s call them “fruits and nuts” and teach our children to treat such unfortunate souls with ridicule and humiliation. Let’s create a world where adults cringe from any mention of such individuals and, instead of offering them a place in society, do everything they can to marginalize them by denying them jobs, treatment (insurance companies dropping such people automatically), and heaping them with sniggering laughter at every turn. And yeah, this world was what we had not so long ago.
Is it any wonder such people have been distracted by satan after the “good” people either 1) kick them in the teeth or 2) look the other way as secular society heaps abuse upon them.
You disgust me, you hypocrite. All you want is to go back to a world were you can confortably pretend they don’t exist because they don’t fit your model of how the world works.
I agree JonJ of your assessment of Kenneth and others who post disgusting things when we speak about those who suffer from mental illness. It was shameful and yes, hypocritical of them who profess to be such faithful Catholics and followers of Our Dear Lord.
If California is the land of “Fruits and nuts”, the maybe CCD is the cradle of hypocrites and pharisees.
I’m certain that the Pharisee and Sadducees would be the most ardent attendees of the Latin Mass (EF) if they existed today, telling everyone that they are “lesser” catholics for failing to seek out this relatively hard-to-find mass.
[note: this does not mean that EVERYONE who likes the EF is a Pharisee. If somoene thinks they can connect with God better through the EF, then who am I to criticize this form of the mass? However, those who parade around flaunting their devotion to the EF as a badge of superior devotion and holiness are nothing but Pharisees]
Kenneth, you know that anger is a grave sin. You need to run to the foot of the cross and ask forgivness before it’s too late. I will pray for you. Remember, “only by the grace of God, go I”…….everyone that you rip apart with your vile anger is a suffering soul and if not by God’s grace, could be you. Tread lightly brother.
For society to participate in or support the self desired mutilation of the mentally ill is insane in itself, not to mention evil.
Anna, if these slavering, money hungry doctors who perform these mutilations on mentally ill patients were to be told they must do so for free, they would find that surgery was not an option…just as Planned Parenthood would find that those blobs of tissue were really babies if they were told they couldn’t profit from abortions. Just follow the money, always! Just as certain industries in Califorrnia are getting cheap labor from illegal immigration, without paying benefits ….if the government started fining them big bucks they would overnight see the need to seal our borders. What is gov. Brown getting from condoning abortion, illegal immigration and homosexuality? If people would follow the money angle you could probably impeach the guy…maybe even put him behind bars. He’s profiting from them in some way…or of course, he could just be nuts, which many believe anyway.
….follow the money trail is the best of advice when seeking the root of many evils. Same thing with sex. Somebody is usually ‘getting’ something somewhere.
Dana, thanks for posting. What a sad state our culture is in……This esteemed Doctor will help save many who think that what God has created can somehow be re-created. I think of poor Chastity Bono and the suffering she has had to endure since childhood, because no one helped her with her mental suffering.
Pray for Dr. McHugh, he will obviously come under brutal attack for what he has truthfully written!
God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
May God have mercy on an amoral Amerika and His Church!
Viva Cristo Rey!
Kenneth M. Fisher,
I put a lot of time into trying to understand transsexuality and homosexuality as a socio-biology grad student, though I was hardly a Department Chair and psychiatrist like Dr. McHugh.
I must confess,though, I am curious what he makes of the recent research which showed that a large percentage of transsexuals show nuero-anatomical features more typical of the opposite sex in a certain region of the brain.
As anyone who has attended a few lectures by a nuerologist should know, drastic changes in behavior can occur due to lesions in the brain. Some of them can be quite startling, such as an inability to “read” expressions, or an inability to stop cursing under certain conditions.
Consequently, small nuero-anatomical differences could, theoretically, lead to significant behavior differences—and could mean that at least SOME transsexuals should be classed in the realm of the intersexed, even though their somatic development is male.
I, of course, read about McHugh’s termination of the John’s Hopkins gender program. While he attributed the cancellation to lack of psycho-social improvement after surgery, he only undertook his study based on his intuition that the Hopkins patients seemed to behave like “men in a dress” rather than genuine female.
My experience was different. While I met many who would fit McHugh’s description, I did meet some who struck me as genuinely female. This subjective experience, combined with the research above makes me think there are legit cases that are not indicated by chromosomal anomolies.
“…I think of poor Chastity Bono and the suffering she has had to endure since childhood, because no one helped her with her mental suffering.”
I would imagine, SandraD, that she still suffers. Poor thing. Hard to grasp that she is now the same little girl that used to toddle on stage with her parents way back when.
And yes, prayers for Dr. McHugh, and God bless him!
JonJ, there are instances, biological instances, noted at birth, when someone has had a true physiological gender “accident” that happened while in utero. Many of these can be taken care of surgically at birth, while some need to be “encouraged”– by true gender “modeling”. The vast majority, in our society today, I believe, suffer mentally from early childhood traumas of some sort…..rape, incest, physical abuse, abandonment…..the list is long and as varied as is each individual’s history…..all lack authentic love by a parent or parents. Dr. McHugh’s experience and expertise should supercede subjective opinions.
Just to be clear…..true transgenderism is very rare.
Dr. Paul McHugh is right of course. People who push sex gender change operations are like the blind leading the blind. Both fall into the ditch. The only people who should have any kind of sex organ operation are the ones who were born with actually deformities, and I am sure any good doctor would tell such a person that they should choose the sex closes to their DNA and what they already have on their bodies.
A correction to third to last line: “actual deformities”.
Forcing Others to Validate (not just ‘tolerate’ – but Truly Believe Out loud) objectively disordered evils by publicly asserting and acting as if they are just the opposite – and thus must be Celebrated as part of the universal mandate of ‘Diveristy’ Worship…
– Is taken much more seriously in places like Frisco than Divinity Worship, First Amendment notwithstanding. ”Partying’ in the public toilets has long been a problem in places like ‘Sodom by the Sea’ – particularly for those needing a restroom for normal reasons – but saying so is too taboo for publication, save here and a very few other places.
Catholic Psychologist Considers ‘Transgenderism’ on College Campuses
8/27/14 By Justin Petrisek
… analysis published collaboratively by The Cardinal Newman Society and the Culture of Life Foundation.
Dr. Moncher, senior fellow of social sciences at the Foundation, analyzes two legal cases in which religious colleges have been granted exceptions to carry out their faith-based missions…
– completely fails to recognize that for institutions that take their religious identity seriously, there is no area in which their values are extraneous.
For such institutions, their values are an integral, indivisible part of all that they are…
Catholic Education Daily
The good doctor’s diagnosis of the contraindication(s) reminds me of that old Almond Joy/Mounds jingle: “Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t. . . .”
Hymie, read my post to Kenneth, your in the same bucket. God help you.
Unfortuantely the media supporting LGBT’s will try to destroy the reputation and credibility of Dr. Paul McHugh, as they try to do for anyone standing in their way. We need to pray to St. Michael the Archangel to protect him from the onslaught, and give us all the courage to stand-up against evil. St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans Chapter 1 versus 23-31 says it all, if I remembered my bible verses correctly. OBTW don’t look for it in an LGBT version of the bible, its most-likely not there, and probably watered-down in the most modern versions of the bible. For English language readers Trust only in the Douay-Rheims Roman Catholic Bible to get the complete and accurate bible readings and footnoted interpretations. May God bless Mr. McHugh
New Rules 4 Twysted Systerhood Membership, Misandry Still Mandatory:
“Mills College welcomes female transgender applicants
Tammerlin Drummond – columnist Bay Area News Group 8/31/14
…how does a single-sex women’s college determine who is eligible to attend and who is not?
Back in 1852 when Mills College was founded as a lady’s seminary – Anyone born a girl was a girl, period.
But over time, gender has become increasingly fluid…Starting in 2015, anyone who identifies as a woman, regardless of gender at birth, can apply.
Those who don’t consider themselves male or female are also welcome — so long as they were born female.
A person born female but who is now legally male may not apply to the undergraduate program though is eligible to enroll in Mills’ coed graduate school.
Last but not least, female students who are already enrolled and “become male” will be allowed to continue on and graduate…
Although the numbers are minuscule, the college has a gender identity task force that made recommendations…
One recommendation included was to not allow males transitioning to females to compete on sports team until they have completed one year of hormone therapy.
– Mills students have been fiercely protective of the college’s single-sex identity. In May 1990, the college trustees tried to – admit men.
– – Students, alums and staff rallying to the cry of “Better dead than coed” shut down the campus for two weeks in protest…
Never Too Thin – or Hateful Towards Men
Citing Anorexia as a comparable condition to inhabitants of Trannyland is rather ironic, given that Obesity is Proudly Celebrated during the annual tax subsidized Anti-Male Hate Riot / SF Dyke March…
Whose Organizers Proudly Boasts: “We’ve got no permit, no politicians, no corporate sponsors and No Men. We are fierce and feisty and fat and feminist.”
Lisa Roth – S. F. Dyke March Organizing Com. / Damn Lesbians”
And sets aside ‘Scent Free Zones’ for the Official “Fat Dyke Porta Potty”, from which we may presume that “Fat Dyke” Odeur producers no odor.
2005 Dyke March – Rally and Stage Show:
• A disabled section in Dolores Park will be roped off to maintain a cigarette- and scent-free zone and space for wheelchairs. There will be a wheelchair accessible porta-potty in this area for the exclusive use of disabled and fat dykes.
But then the issue is of such importance that even the Government Subsidizes Studies:
Feds Spend $1.5 Million to Study Why Lesbians Are Fat
CNSNews.com) – The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded $1.5 million to study biological and social factors for why “three-quarters” of lesbians are obese and why gay males are not, calling it an issue of “high public-health significance.
… grants administered by NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to study the relationship between sexual orientation and obesity…
BTW – Although it is a Governmentally Punishable Offense to even Recommend for the establishment of a corresponding California State “Commission for Men & Boys” –
The Commission 4 (Radical Gender Feminist Misandrist) Womyn – has been trashing the hated ‘hetero-patriarchy’ for 5 decades, and are going to celebrate the triumph over their pork by-product oppressors (probably with Tax Subsidy) soon – with another Hollywerid Misandrist at the top:
“We are beginning to plan our agenda for our 50th anniversary of the CA Commission in 2015.
We hope you will join us in identifying innovative ways we can leverage the resources that exist in government, the private and not for profit sectors to further improve the opportunities for women and girls across California.
Chair, CA Commission on the Status of Women and Girls”