The mentality of the transsexual mind has been challenged, warped debated and discussed over the course of modern time. The controversy has become more frequently talked about due to transsexual individuals becoming much more confident with being out and open as who they are. Many plead that these individuals are unfit for society due to their ‘illness’ prohibiting them from being in the norm. Without educating themselves on the topic, they simply will live on in ignorance. The word transsexual is an umbrella term for people who feel that they belong both emotionally and physically to the opposite sex of their biological sex.
Examples would be transgender men (female to male, FTM) and transgender women (male to female, MTF). FTM and MTF aren’t the only two, there are also non conforming individuals, intersex individuals, bigender individuals, two-spirited individuals, and many more are also included. The transgender community is rather diverse. Some transgender individuals clearly identify as female, male, genderqueer, non-binary, agender, or somewhere else on or outside of the diverse spectrum of what we typically comprehend gender to be. Transgender individuals will be the main focus here. The active visibility of the transgender community is increasing in our society.
Though they still face severe discrimination, stigma, and inequality in many situations. The lack of legal protection, barriers to healthcare, harassment and discrimination, and poverty. Gender dysphoria, what is it? Gender dysphoria is when there is a mismatch between the identity and the body. Those who have gender dysphoria feel that their biological sex does not match up with how they feel they should be.
An example would be someone who was born a male with male physical traits feeling that they are actually a female. Or someone who was born a female with female traits feeling that they are actually a male. But for those who have this, the symptoms are severe distress, anxiety, and depression. Here’s another definition for gender dysphoria. Gender Dysphoria is the feeling of dissatisfaction with one’s biological gender, along with restlessness, and anxiety from not feeling the internal and external match. With gender dysphoria, the discomfort with your male or female body can be so intense that it can interfere with your normal life, for instance at school or work or during social activities,” (WebMD) With gender dysphoria coming into play, it would be easy for one to assume transgender individuals are mental.Psychology isn’t the easiest subject, in fact, transgender mentality and psychology in a very peculiar subject due to their unique mind. So a frequently asked question is, what is the biggest challenge transgender individuals face? Lack of support from professional medical help.
Health discrepancies in mental health are closely documented in this community. Transgender individuals are much more prone to experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety, but this is due to the discrimination they have witnessed and experienced as members of a gender minority community. Transgender individuals also face challenges related to the need constantly prove and confirm their identity and the social and physical changes this requires. This process consists of the courage that is needed to come out, the understanding of self-respect and having loved ones who might not agree, and a series of conclusive steps and alterations for which a lack of support could be a very serious and mentally detrimental issue. Psychologists play a crucial role here, such as assisting these transgender individuals in exploring and confirming their gender identity, whether it’s through individual, personal or the social community level. The psychologist could also aid transgender individuals in recuperating from traumatic negative impacts brought either from social stigma or from personal conflict. Therefore, their health and well-being could repair, and they can begin to refabricate positive experiences from coming out to their family, friends, and community. Mental health providers have often been an important part of this very long transitioning process.
“Trans people have brains that are different from males and females, a unique kind of brain,” (Guillamon) Even though these individuals strive to prove themselves level-headed and not mentally ill to the public, there are still many, even professional psychiatrists that attempt to prove that no matter what they are still mentally impaired and shouldn’t intermingle with the outside world. Gender reassignment surgery and hormones could cost a transgender individual $40 (lowest) to $400 (highest) depending on dosage and how frequently taken. These statistics are for injections alone, not even putting pellets, oral tablets, gels and creams, patches, and gum and cheek into the amount. Top surgery is about $8,000 or $9,000 depending on what you want done specifically in your procedure, where you have it done, and what your doctor wants as a down payment (if they want a down payment).
Bottom surgery could cost an individual $15,000 alone if you want a simple reconstruction. With this alone, you would want to argue that it would be best to just stay how you are. No one really has that kind of money just laying around. Most insurance companies won’t cover any of these, maybe the needles for your shots if you’re lucky.
But all in all, most argue that you should stay how you are. Because if you don’t you’ll either go into financial debt or you could regret it later in the future. For example, Dr.
Paul R. McHugh argues 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.” (McHugh) He also argues and compares transgenderism to eating disorders. “Other kinds of disordered assumptions are held by those who suffer from anorexia and bulimia nervosa, where the assumption that departs from physical reality is the belief by the dangerously thin that they are overweight.” (McHugh) He argues that with body dysmorphic disorders, wanting your surgery and your hormones only proves that you solely think you’re physically ugly. Claiming that it is body dysmorphic disorder. Saying that you’ll automatically feel better about your ‘psychosocial tendencies’ if you change your appearance.
Claiming that dysphoria and dysmorphia are practically the same thing and that they both go hand in hand with either topic. Therefore comparing an eating disorder with the claim of transgender mentality being a disorder.Dysmorphia and dysphoria are two medical definitions that most seem to get confused with. Dysmorphia is a disorder where the perception of your body and mind do not align with reality, therefore being categorized with eating disorders. They focus on perceived flaws with their body, no matter how insignificant. Transgender individuals are diagnosed with gender dysphoria. Dysphoria means a sense of restlessness, anxiety, or distress from the mismatch between their identities and their body.
So the very important difference here is that dysmorphia causes you to feel that your body’s a certain way, while dysphoria is the sense where the mind and body should feel a certain way. In other words, a person with body dysmorphia creates a fake image of what their body looks like causing them to believe that’s what they look like. A person with gender dysphoria is able to unbearably see what their body really looks like. ‘Gender Identity Disorder’ was dropped from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders back in 2013. A year before McHugh published his article. Gender dysphoria was added to the manual instead as a symptom, not a disorder.
Even though gender identity and dysphoria isn’t a disorder, doesn’t mean all trans individuals are safe from mental distress. Statistics show in multiple articles that the problematic root of most transgender mental health is conflict they face with society.