New study

A recent study concluded that early medical intervention with trans kids helps them to grow up more well adjusted and less likely to suffer from mental disorders like anxiety and depression. This result does not surprise me and as someone with lifelong gender dysphoria, I can understand how it could be helpful. Those of us who were left untreated for decades had to develop coping skills which sometimes devolved into self destructive behaviors and also typically involved large doses of denial.

What is interesting about this study is that it flies in the face of those who deny treatment to trans kids who would largely benefit from it including access to puberty blockers which buy the family and the child time to explore options. The slate of bills in red states show just how much misinformation and bias are involved instead of willingness to learn and be empathetic.
Those of us who found it so hard to grow up trans would have greatly appreciated the relief that access to information and treatment options would have provided us and I am dismayed at these efforts to curb access despite the obvious benefits to these kids.

Some of the key conclusions:

"Beginning gender-affirming hormone treatment in adolescence has been linked to better mental health outcomes for transgender adults, according to new research.

Drawing on data collected in 2015 from more than 27,000 transgender adults in the U.S., researchers found that those who had begun hormone treatment in adolescence were less likely to experience major mental health disorders or abuse drugs or alcohol than those who started treatment in adulthood.

Better mental health outcomes were also recorded among trans adults who had received gender-affirming hormone treatment at any age compared to those who desired treatment but were never able to receive it.

Odds of severe psychological distress were reduced by 222 percent, 153 percent, and 81 percent for those who began hormones in early adolescence, late adolescence and adulthood, respectively, according to the study. Odds of previous-year suicidal ideation were 135 percent lower in people who began hormones in early adolescence, 62 percent lower in those who began in late adolescence, and 21 percent lower in those who began as adults."

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  1. What's the name of this study? I'd like to read more. Thanks.

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  2. https://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2022/01/mental-health-hormone-treatment-transgender-people.html

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    1. Thank you, Joanna. As you had written about in a previous post, I found ways to cope with my dysphoria from an early age. By the time I thought it possible to alter my hormones, lifestyle-wise, in my late 50's, I had developed a blood condition that precluded it. I'm totally convinced that, had I done it earlier, I would have had a much easier life. Coping, alone, can drain so much energy and occupy so much of one's time (such a waste). At least I'm still alive, at 70, to enjoy life as a woman with hormone levels not that different from other women of my age.

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    2. I could not be happier for you Connie and we are not that different in that my previous stroke makes me concerned about hormone use and was told by the endocrinologist would be wise to avoid:)

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