Before I pose my question here are some facts from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Resource 1: American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) A PDF printed by the Children's Hospital of Chicago by the American Academy of Pediatrics. They officially support Affirming gender change in children, however there is a group of pediatricians who actively reject that position.
According to the AAP:
Gender is based on culture and varies by place and time
The AAP admits that Gender is man made, not real, but a social construct (see page 7).
Next I'd like to list the AAP's side effects and irreversible effects of hormone therapy.
Pages 39-41 show the side effects of testosterone therapy.
Irreversible Effect of Testosterone Therapy
Lower voice Increased Hair Growth
Mustache and Beard Growth
Male Pattern hair loss and baldness
Loss of Fertility
Side Effects of Testosterone Therapy
Increased Weight gain
Increased Blood Pressure
Hepatotoxicity (liver disease)
Polycythemia (increase change of heart attacks, blood clots, and more)
Increased risk for breast cancer
Increased risk of Endometrial cancer
Treatment means physical mutilation as for girls they have their breasts cut off. I haven't researched boys, and I'm afraid to. Anyway, the bottom line is, the list of irreversible effects, health risks, and the fact that there is mutilation happening I ask, on what medical basis do health professional support this?
If a person is depressed, psychiatrists won't tell people to 'become sad'. They work to understand why and cause a new feeling and new behavior in the patient.
If a person doesn't like themselves they get help with their self-value. They learn the valuable things about their unique identity and also identify why they began to devalue themselves and deal with those root issues.
People with phobia's are taught to manage and improve their phobia, not embrace it.
Kleptomanics aren't told it is okay to steal.
My point is not to compare one disorder to another, but to show that regardless of the type of disorder that the standard treatment is not acceptance, but rather to reveal deeper issues and otherwise manage and overcome the disorder.
Based on the American Academy of Pediatrics understanding of Gender, it is a completely arbitrary social construct that varies by place and time(page 7 in the PDF linked above).
Knowing that Gender is a man made, not biological, it seems very reasonable that dealing with Gender Dysphoria should not be based on surgery and hormone therapy which factually lead to extreme health risks and mutilation, but rather learning and understanding of the issues to bring about a better life which is in alignment with most other psychiatric treatments.
In even simpler terms here are two separate interactons between a patient and a APA supported Psyciatrist:
Parent - "My child feels sad and is generally angry or depressed all the time"
Psychiatrist - "I will talk to them and see what is causing this behavior and see if we can get your happy loving child back"
Parent - "My daughter, all of a sudden, says she hates being a girl and wants to be a boy and cut off her breasts."
Psychiatrist - "Ok, let's talk about how you can support your daughter and the financial costs of starting treatment as well as the health issues you can expect."
These two positions are stated facts of treatment by psychiatric professionals and as far as I can tell there is no medical basis for the drastic difference between positions. Gender Dysphoria is treated categorically different, but there has been no new category defined on which to base that decision.
I know this is a sensitive topic and has many personal stories, but I'd like to focus on the professional medical position and reasoning for that position.