A rising trend of embracing gender change is being observed among the younger population of American society. More and more children are openly defying their biological sex and choosing another gender in their developmental phase.
According to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, allowing kids to transition into their true gender identity, at their own pace, can be mentally healthy for them. Till date, multiple studies have published that gender nonconforming kids experience intense levels of anxiety and depression when they are controlled and not allowed to transition naturally.
However, this latest study established some very important points.
- When transgender children are allowed to freely transition without any restrictions and even allowed to use puberty blockers, their mental health improves.
- Transgender children experience anxiety and depression when their biological genders are affirmed by their parents.
- Gender diverse children may become susceptible to substance abuse, mental health disorders, and even suicidal tendencies when their gender preference is shunned by the family.
- Like cisgenders, transgender children are completely in acceptance of their gender preferences.
- However, transgender children constantly grapple with the fear of being judged and this can cause a lot of mental trauma, making them depressed and suicidal.
Mental health problems in transgender kids
Transgender kids have to go through a lot in their lives ranging from issues in self-acceptance to acceptance in society. Listed below are some of the major mental challenges faced by this section of the population.
Gender dysphoria: It is one of the fundamental struggles involving having to live with the agony and innate unacceptability of the biological gender, leading to a lot of frustration, anger and depression. This struggle often triggers the urge to pursue a gender change.
Transitioning issues: For those transgender individuals who decide to transition, a host of problems and doubts crop up like fear of finding acceptability within the family, of finding a partner, of losing their jobs, of having to undergo hormonal treatments, surgeries, etc.
Post-transitioning issues: A lot of times, one might come face to face with mental stress even after having undergone the transition. Sometimes, an individual is very disappointed with his or her looks subsequent to a transition. Often one is unable to align his/her mental attitude with the newly formed gender identity. Transitioning might invite violence, incarcerations and homelessness because of the stigma attached to it.
Conquering mental health battles
Individuals belonging to the transgender community deserve to have access to mental health support from competent providers. Providers catering to transgender should be trans-affirmative and should be empathetic while approaching each individual with cultural humility, dignity and respect, without being judgmental.
Sovereign Health’s Rancho San Diego facility provides a safe and accepting treatment environment for adolescents with a mental health or dual diagnosis who identify as gender diverse or transgender. The service supports adolescents with nonconforming gender identity, while they receive treatment for substance abuse, mental health disorders or dual diagnosis.
Sovereign Health of Rancho San Diego’s Gender Diversity and Transgender Identity service follows the guidelines for Transgender Affirmative Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TA-CBT). TA-CBT is targeted at depression and suicidality and is founded on a trans-affirming perspective. It preserves the fundamental components of CBT, concentrating on three domains namely, psychoeducation, challenging transphobic negative self-beliefs and boosting trans-affirming social acceptance.
Road to recovery
The mental health disorders of the transgender population are not a result of their different sexual identity but is largely driven by social stigma and discrimination. Thus, transgender people should no longer be looked upon as someone with mental diseases and must be given adequate access to health care facilities.
If you or your loved one is suffering from any kind of mental health condition that is debilitating the quality of life, it is imperative to seek help before matters get worse. For more information about various mental health centers in California, you may contact Sovereign Health. We are adept at providing innovative and evidence-based therapeutic interventions for the treatment of various mental health disorders. You may contact our 24/7 helpline number 866-973-7164 or chat online with one of our representatives to know about one of our mental health facilities in California.