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Suicidal Ideation Disparities Among Transgender and Gender Diverse Compared to Normal Gender Community Health Patients
Suicidal Thoughts Skyrocket in Transgender Individuals
By Peter A. McCullough, MD, MPH
Almost every night on the news there is another story about “gender journeys” that end up in regret. We frequently see gatherings, strife, violence, and despair among those who have attempted to live out their fantasy of switching genders by changing their bodily appearance, hair, makeup, and clothes. I wondered if transgenderism is taking its toll psychiatrically in young individuals with regret, particularly with respect to suicidal thoughts.
Kirakosian et al reported on 29,988 patients receiving care at a community health center in Northeastern US between 2015 and 2018 and completed a health survey. They reported that relative to normal men, transgender men (OR=2.08; 95% CI=1.29–3.36; p=.003), transgender women (OR=3.08; 95% CI=2.05–4.63; p<.001), men who do not affirm their gender (OR=3.55; 95% CI=1.86–6.77; p<001), and women who do not affirm their gender (OR=2.49; 95% CI=1.52–4.07; p<001) all endorsed significantly higher odds of current suicidal ideation, controlling for age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and insurance status.
Transgenderism, whether committed steps have been taken or not, is a pathological state characterized by markedly elevated rates of suicidal ideation and high risk for suicide. Instead of more hormones and surgery, these patients need professional psychiatric help.
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Kirakosian N, Stanton AM, McKetchnie SM, King D, Dolotina B, O'Cleirigh C, Grasso C, Potter J, Mayer KH, Batchelder AW. Suicidal Ideation Disparities Among Transgender and Gender Diverse Compared to Cisgender Community Health Patients. J Gen Intern Med. 2023 May;38(6):1357-1365. doi: 10.1007/s11606-022-07996-2. Epub 2023 Jan 17. PMID: 36650322; PMCID: PMC9844943.