Been thinking about the differences in how one different mental delusion is treated compared to others. IF I thought I was Napoleon Bonaparte through excess wargaming or that I was a qualified airline pilot from reading Biggles Books nobody would let me rule France and invade Russia with a pan European army or pilot a 767 full of passengers. I would be treated for my delusions (I would hope) instead of being indulged in it.
There is one delusion which is pandered to by the psychological and medical establishment. Time was you had to be an adult and demonstrate the depth of your delusion before you got any treatment whether it being hormones with or without chemical castration then move towards surgery. But you had to show you were really serious about it.
Now we have bearded blokes demanding entrance to women’s safe spaces while declaring that they’re Lesbians and other Lesbians should let themselves be penetrated by them. No or little effort is made to conform to feminine norms (whatever they might be) let along feminine behaviour patterns. Sure women can be aggressive, but not like that.
Then there’s the issue of not just indulging but driving and encouraging children not old enough to consent into taking puberty blockers with horrendous effects to satisfy their distress, supposedly. Here we thought treatment should be about finding out the root cause of the distress, dealing with that and supporting the patient through normal development. Puberty is a big change for everyone.
As a Physiologist and Developmental Biologist the idea of giving pre-pubescent children puberty blockers with all the risks to their future fertility and health utterly abhors me. The irreversibility of many of the changes if taken for too long as happens a lot and the shutting off of the choice to go back ditto. Lots of kids change their minds. Treatment with puberty blockers takes away the choice or the possibility of choice.
Medical professionals are responsible for doing manifest harms to those in their care and the medical regulators look the other way. When we know that homophobic bullying is a prime cause of the desire to ‘change sex’ to pander to it is a terrible failure to look at or for root causes. When homophobic parents push their kids into it responsible medical professionals should say no and consider applications for wards of court. Instead they offer puberty blockers and fast track onto the Trans pipeline.
Children are being offered a solution they are not equipped to assess let alone consent to and which will harm them. The testimonies coming from de-Transitioners, the abuse they suffer from TRA’s should give anyone pause.
I’m struggling to think of an analogy from medicine and the only one I can think of is those poor people who conceive that one of their limbs is alien to them and asks the doctors to amputate it. They are not indulged and the courts side with the doctors. Can you imagine the furore if healthy limbs were being removed with the need for prostheses and treatment on the public purse? Especially if no psychological effort was made to ease the patient or research the cause and potential therapies.
My left leg is shorter than my right and the vast majority of muscle pulls and tendon strains have been on the left. But I’m not about to have it removed in favour of painful unresponsive prosthesis. I’ve read enough testimony from those trying to adapt to prostheses let along exercise with them to know I don’t want to go there. I’ve been at the track putting my spikes on next to people putting their running legs on. They have my admiration but I do not ache to join them.
Again, I’m not against Trans people, they need our sympathy and understanding but sometimes love has to be tough for the sake of the loved one.