Gender Dysphoria and mental illness

During the first installment of the ABC Nightline series, “Identity Denied: Trans in America,” Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary Rachel Levine said, “Adolescence is hard and puberty is hard. What if you’re going through the wrong puberty? What if you inside feel that you are female, but now you’re going through a male puberty?” Lavine, also an Admiral in the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, is a biological male pediatrician who reportedly has “transitioned” to female and is the first Senate-approved transgender. These comments underscore the ethics and morality of the entire LGBTQ+ debate—people born one gender, but “feel” they are the other gender, and how to handle their mental health.

The prevailing liberal school of thought or theory as promoted by mental health, psychiatric, and medical organizations, is that those who “feel” they are a different gender, must be affirmed, acknowledged, and accepted otherwise they may suffer mental distress, depression, and possibly suicide. To support this conclusion, they use data from surveys like the US Transgender Survey that states: “A staggering 39% of respondents experienced serious psychological distress in the month prior to completing the survey, compared with only 5% of the U.S. population. Among the starkest findings is that 40% of respondents have attempted suicide in their lifetime—nearly nine times the attempted suicide rate in the U.S. population (4.6%).” Suicidal thoughts, attempted suicide, and suicide also are a significant issue throughout the LGBTQ+ community.

Another theory is that this group are mentally ill and are in need of mental health assistance. The Mayo Clinic calls it “Gender Dysphoria,” the “feeling of discomfort or distress that might occur in people whose gender identity differs from their sex assigned at birth or sex-related physical characteristics…A diagnosis for gender dysphoria is included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), a manual published by the American Psychiatric Association (sic APA).” The APA voted to de-list homosexuality as a mental illness in 1973 and the World Health Organization followed about 20 years later in 1992. Today, it appears homosexuality as a mental illness is replaced with the more general term, “Gender Dysphoria,” which Mayo says might start in early childhood or might have periods where it’s no longer experienced.

The most-publicized “science” is that these folks are born this way and they need to be accepted so as to not cause them mental distress. This school of thought also poses that kids must be taught that they may be a different gender. This strong “suggestion” advocated by the LGBTQ+ agenda is why parents are pushing back. Many Parents believe suggesting children were born in the wrong body destroys mental health for a lifetime. In Matthew 19:4, Christ confirmed the Genesis account of creation, saying “He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female.’” We as Christians understand that no amount of appeasing or cajoling will save those with such “feelings.” Society and psychiatrists cannot save them, or it would be done. May they find truth, love, and healing in the bosom of Christ and may this agenda of grooming children be ended.


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Bill Wilson