posted on Jul, 11 2017 @ 07:35 AM
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A new study presents evidence that much of if any mental distress that a Transgender person may be feeling has more to do with external factors such
as harassment and rejection as opposed to just physically being Transgender.
Now, a new study published Tuesday in the journal The Lancet Psychiatry adds nuance to the topic, finding that the social rejection and violence that
many transgender people experience appears to be the primary source of their mental distress, as opposed to the distress being solely the result of
being transgender. That distinction matters because it has implications for how transgender people are treated in a healthcare setting, as well as how
they are viewed in society.
I don't know but this seems fairly common sense to me in that if you harass, belittle and demean a person enough then yeah they are probably going to
suffer emotionally/psychologically as a result. Now I know that the regular old naysayers will be through shortly with their torches and pitch forks
ranting on about how this study means nothing and that Trans folk are monsters and freaks who do not deserve to breathe the same air as them but this
thread is not really for you. This thread is meant for those that would actually like to take the time to understand why it may seem that Trans folk
are broken on the inside when in reality we are stronger than you may ever know. Just like with a vehicle or anything really, if you abuse a person
enough without taking the time to address/repair the damage then it will build up over time and manifest into real actual long term problems. I
don't care how strong a person is none of us are unbreakable.
The study, which involved interviews with 250 transgender people, found that the majority of them reported social rejection related to their gender
identity, as well as being the victim of violence. And the researchers conclude that "distress and dysfunction were more strongly predicted by"
going through those experiences compared to "gender incongruence itself."
"There is stress that’s created as a result of having it reflected back to you that there’s something wrong with you."
When the majority of a demographic that simply seeks to live their lives free of harassment without harming others reports being victimized in a way
that involves violence it indicates a societal problem with accepting those that fall outside of "societal norms". Ignorant behavior can be very
contagious amongst humans i.e., a kid starts taunting another kid about their appearance then other kids start laughing and eventually joining in the
harassment, a scenario I'm sure most of us have witnessed in our lifetimes. Remember this next time you needlessly feel the need to put someone
down, remember that perpetuating ignorance and lies about any demographic can have potentially dangerous results and eventually get someone hurt or
worse. Putting negativity into the world only produces more negativity.
UCLA's Williams Institute estimates that there are 1.4 million Americans who are transgender, translating to 0.6% of the overall population. In this
study, 80% of participants were transgender women (those who had been assigned the male sex at birth but identify as female). The participants
reported becoming aware they were transgender at a mean age of five years old. More than three-quarters of participants (76%) reported
experiencing social rejection related to their feelings about gender, most commonly by family members. And nearly two-thirds (63%) said they had been
a victim of violence related to their gender identity.
The age of self awareness/recognition is a point that is often contested fiercely here at ATS. Based on my own personal experience including having
many Transgender friends and being Transgender I find the above information about right on the money. Around 5ish is when most people I have spoken
to personally report feeling "different" including myself at the age of 4 being my earliest recognition of something being amiss.
2/3's of Transgender folk report being the victim of violence, let that soak in for a minute and try just for a second to imagine what it must be
like to be a person just trying to peaceably live your life with those kinds of odds at work against you. Imagine the stress and anxiety that could
potentially create, having to know that at any given moment you could be attacked for simply existing. I personally don't let it get to me that much
but I am very much aware of the potential for danger and as such stay vigilant when out in public. I'm also formerly trained and experienced in
combat with a childhood basked in pain and adversity so I do not expect others to have the same mental fortitude that I possess. I wasn't always
this way believe me. I have had my dark period's of life where I just wanted to curl up in a ball and die but most of us get stronger and wiser as
we get older and change our world view in way that helps us deal with outside pressure more effectively. Simply put I no longer give two craps what a
stranger thinks of me.
A separate 2012 study found that 57% of transgender youth who did not have supportive parents attempted to commit suicide in the past year, while just
4% of transgender youth with "very supportive" parents did.
Here is another talking point that likes to get beaten to death here at ATS is that the high suicide rate that is attached to the Trans community must
be an indication of mental illness. When we can clearly see here the connection between familial abandonment/condemnation. 57% vs just 4% paints a
pretty clear picture to me and again is something that would seems to be fairly common sense. Alas the ignorant and stubborn will still take it to
meant that we as a whole are broken. The truth being however that even the strongest among us can fall into a very deep and dark hole when we feel
abandoned/hated by our own families. When the one group of people who you've known your whole life and are supposed to love you unconditionally and
support you turn against you it can be devastating for anyone. Again 57% vs 4% tells the story now doesn't it?
“Stigma associated with both mental disorder and transgender identity has contributed to the precarious legal status, human rights violations and
barriers to appropriate care among transgender people,” author Geoffrey Reed, a professor at National Autonomous University of Mexico, said in a
statement. His fellow authors echoed that statement, suggesting that transgender individuals might be better cared for if doctors use a more
So please remember this, every time you perpetuate falsehoods pertaining to Trans folk you are doing us a disservice and putting us at risk. Every
time you purposely misgender us you are willfully and intentionally going out of your way to hurt and belittle us. Hate and fear spread easier and
faster than love and compassion unfortunately, so it is up to each and every one of us to make the world a better place and play our respective parts
however big or small they may be. You never know what kind of effect your words will have on a person so please choose them wisely with a modicum of