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first_imgDaily Signal 9 June 2016Family First Comment: More superb commentary from Walt Heyer“Transgender individuals need psychotherapy not access to cross-sex restrooms, showers, and dressing areas. Blaming society for the ills of transgender persons will not improve their diagnosis and treatment. Reckless disregard for the mental disorders in favor of enforcing preferred pronouns is madness. It’s time to show compassion by telling the truth and stop pretending they are born that way.True compassion is acknowledging the mental disorders and providing effective, sound treatment in an effort to slow the staggering number of suicides, before rushing to perform irreversible surgeries.” Many Americans are unaware of the serious problems that face transgender persons.For instance, a 2016 study comparing 20 Lebanese transgender participants to 20 control subjects reported that transgender individuals suffer from more psychiatric pathologies compared to the general population. More than 50 percent had active suicidal thoughts and 45 percent had had a major depressive episode.While it may not be politically correct to link psychological disorders with the transgender population, the researchers see the evidence that a link exists. As a former transgender person, I wish the guy who approved me for gender surgery would have told me about the risks.Quick to DiagnoseThe experience of many gender-confused individuals is that medical professionals are quick to reach a diagnosis of gender dysphoria and recommend immediate cross-gender hormone therapy and irreversible reassignment surgery without investigating and treating the coexisting issues. Research has found that powerful psychological issues, such as anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, or alcohol or drug dependence often accompany gender dysphoria.A study published in JAMA Pediatrics in March 2016 shows a high prevalence of psychiatric diagnoses in a sample of 298 young transgender women aged 16 through 29 years old.More than 40 percent had coexisting mental health or substance dependence diagnoses. One in five had two or more psychiatric diagnoses. The most commonly occurring disorders were major depressive episodes and non-alcohol psychoactive substance use dependence.Yet, transgender individuals are never required to undergo any objective test to prove their gender dysphoria—because no diagnostic objective test exists.The cause of this condition can’t be verified through lab results, a brain scan, or review of the DNA make-up.Research studies from 2013 and 2009 looking for a “transgender gene” showed not a smidgeon of abnormality in the genetic make-up that causes someone to be transgender.No alterations in the main sex-determining genes in male-to-female transsexual individuals were found, suggesting strongly that male-born transgender persons are normal males biologically.Psychological Care Urgently NeededThe study concluded that improved access to medical and psychological care “are urgently needed to address mental health and substance dependence disorders in this population.”On the contrary, it did not conclude that improved access to bathrooms, hormones, or surgery are urgently needed.A 2015 study of 118 individuals diagnosed with gender dysphoria found that 29.6 percent were also found to have dissociative disorders and a high prevalence of lifetime major depressive episodes (45.8 percent), suicide attempts (21.2 percent), and childhood trauma (45.8 percent).It also remarked that differentiating between a diagnosis of dissociative disorder and gender dysphoria is difficult because the two can closely resemble each other.Another study found a “surprisingly high prevalence of emotional maltreatment” in the 41 transsexuals studied. It called for further investigation to clarify the effects of traumatic childhood experiences and the correlation between transsexualism and dissociative identity.That finding tracks with what I experienced in my transgender life. In my life and in the lives of those whose families contact me, traumatic childhood experiences are present 100 percent of the time.Childhood Gender DysphoriaOne area where medical professionals should tread lightly is in the diagnosis and treatment of children who have gender identity issues.A 2015 study aimed to gather input from pediatric endocrinologists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and ethicists—both those in favor and those opposed to early treatment—to further the ethical debate.The results showed no consensus on many basic topics of childhood gender dysphoria and insufficient research to support any recommendations for childhood treatments, including the currently published guidelines that recommend suppressing puberty with drugs until age 16, after which cross-sex hormones may be given.An analysis of the 38 youth referrals for gender dysphoria to the Pediatric Endocrinology Clinic at the University School of Medicine in Indianapolis showed that more than half had psychiatric and/or developmental comorbidities.Without sufficient research and consensus on treatment of children diagnosed with gender dysphoria, and knowing over half have coexisting disorders, any invasive treatment, even if recommended by the current guidelines, is simply an experiment.It’s time to stop using children as experiments.Transgender Persons Are Struggling PsychologicallyTransgender individuals need psychotherapy not access to cross-sex restrooms, showers, and dressing areas. Blaming society for the ills of transgender persons will not improve their diagnosis and treatment.Reckless disregard for the mental disorders in favor of enforcing preferred pronouns is madness. It’s time to show compassion by telling the truth and stop pretending they are born that way.True compassion is acknowledging the mental disorders and providing effective, sound treatment in an effort to slow the staggering number of suicides, before rushing to perform irreversible surgeries.http://dailysignal.com/2016/06/09/i-wish-i-had-been-told-about-these-risks-before-i-had-gender-surgery/?utm_source=TDS_Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MorningBell&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTkRRMk1qaG1aR1ZrWlRFMyIsInQiOiJubGZXSWwxZGZscWhUZmdsVmp4XC96WmhvSWVVNW5SN0ZSUDRnRklPRVorZFJTVU5vNWtcL0h6Skp6aE1WV25KZHhiemQ2UmdWVDgrOWhuZnpmS0FYRUE4UVVOOFRRbWRVTGN4VExuWlwvQWdqdz0ifQ%3D%3Dlast_img read more

first_imgAfrica’s best table tennis playing nations – Nigeria and Egypt are scheduled to renew their rivalry at the ITTF Africa Cup holding in Agadir, Morocco.Egypt as the defending champions will be relying on their stars – Omar Assar and Dina Meshref who are hoping to hold on to the title they won at Yaounde 2015 in Cameroon.According to the President, ITTF Africa, Khaled El-Salhy, the favourites for this tournament are Nigeria and Egypt but countries like Congo Brazzaville, Algeria and Tunisia would not be pushovers when the championship serves off on July 1.The three-day championship serves as qualifications for the ITTF World Cups with winners in the men and women events representing the continent at the prestigious tournaments holding later in the year.Every country competing at the championship are expected to register four players made up of two men and two women while defending champions – Egypt will have six players made up of three male and three female taking part in the competition.Already as part of his efforts to excel at the tournament, men’s singles defending champion, Egypt’s Omar Assar is at present competing at the China Open in order to be in top form for the continental tournament.The tournament initially scheduled to be hosted by Mozambique, was awarded to Morocco after the inability of the Mozambique government to confirm its readiness to host the championship.The ITTF Africa boss, however, lauded the Morocco Table Tennis Association (MTTA) for accepting to host the competition within a short notice.“The Executive Council (EC) of ITTF Africa decided to step down the event from Mozambique due to lack of communication and delay in signing the contract by Mozambique. The new host – Morocco will host the tournament in Agadir at the same venue and hotel that hosted the 2016 African Championship last October,” he said.“I understand that it is quite difficult for any nation to host a major event in short time but we count on the experience of MTTA having hosted many international events in the last five years. I believe they have a very good hospitality and venue,” El-Salhy added. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgConceding that losing a top fast bowler like Steven Finn Conceding that losing a top fast bowler like Steven Finn due to injury, Morgan said they had others, including Liam Plunkett who was kept out as a rotation policy, to fill in the breach. “Losing any fast bowler before any major tournament is a blow. (But) We have other guys and Liam Plunkett was fit (to be the replacement for Finn). We have big fast bowlers. That?s a positive for us.” Unlike some others he saw the positives in not many England players being a part of the hugely successful Indian Premier League T20 competition. “It becomes a different challenge. Lot of our guys have never been to India. But we have toured Sri Lanka a lot. We have been to Abu Dhabi with some success. “Lots of sides, including us, come here and get hammered which can almost scar your perception and playing within the tournament. Having a little bit of naivety along with a huge amount of talent, is not a bad thing.” He did not agree with the suggestion that England were weak in spin bowling. “No absolutely not. We have two very experienced spinners. Adil Rashid (leg spinner) has come on leaps and bounds in the last 12 months. Moeen Ali (off spinner) has become our no 1 spinner in all three forms of the game. He has been exceptional. The fact that he?s an all-rounder makes him a sheet anchor in the side.” PTI SSR NRB BS BSadvertisementlast_img read more