Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, told CNS News that “transgenderism is a ‘mental disorder’ that merits treatment, that sex change is ‘biologically impossible,’ and that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating with and promoting a mental disorder.” Dr. McHugh also referred to a study “showing that the suicide rate among transgendered people who had reassignment surgery is 20 times higher than the suicide rate among non-transgender people.” Moreover, he said “studies show between 70% and 80% of children who express transgender feelings “spontaneously lose those feelings” over time.”
Finally, Dr. McHugh “warned against enabling or encouraging certain subgroups of the transgendered, such as young people ‘susceptible to suggestion from ‘everything is normal’ sex education, and the schools’ ‘diversity counselors’ who, like ‘cult leaders,’ may ‘encourage these young people to distance themselves from their families and offer advice on rebutting arguments against having transgender surgery.'”
Clear research with clear policy implications. One would think!