Gender dissatisfaction is a mental health issue: Part one of Lisa Littman?s story

Four young women who experienced gender dysphoria in their teens and then de-transitioned or desisted found each other and created The Pique Resilience Project, a video series they use to share their experiences. 

Well, who knew? Gender dysphoria, or gender dissatisfaction, is a mental health issue and it?s contagious! Teenagers suddenly becoming confused about their sexuality can be the result of peer pressure and/or social media. Quote.

This research explores, through the reports of parents, a phenomenon whereby teens and young adults who did not exhibit childhood signs of gender issues appeared to suddenly identify as transgender.

This new identification seemed to occur in the context of either belonging to a group of friends [in which] multiple?or even all?members became transgender-identified around the same time, or through immersion in social media, or both.

In 2018, Lisa Littman, Assistant Professor of the Practice [of behavioral and social sciences] at the Brown University School of Public Health, published an article in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE entitled Rapid-Onset Gender Dysphoria in Adolescents and Young Adults: A Study of Parental Reports.

The article drew attention to a phenomenon that had attracted widespread concern among parents, but which had not yet been studied systematically in the scientific literature. 

Following publication, Dr. Littman and her study became the subject of intense criticism from some activists, who accused the author of spreading misconceptions about transgender people and employing biased methods. End of quote.

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Give this woman a medal and hold all sex change operations until further notice?

Of course not! Lisa?s findings broke the mould on diagnosing teenage transsexuality, making her findings subject to intense peer review by hysterical experts. Quote.

This week, following the recent conclusion of that review, a modified version of Dr. Littman?s paper was published by PLOS ONE. And both Dr. Littman and PLOS One have released statements.

According to the Notice of Republication, ?Other than the addition of a few missing values in Table 13, the Results section is unchanged in the updated version of the article. The Competing Interests statement and the Data Availability statement have also been updated in the revised version.? End of quote.

Lisa?s research survived robust criticism from a sector where she says ?the data about what is best for teens whose symptoms begin during adolescence are far from conclusive.?

Her method of collecting data from parents must have been a bitter pill for a bunch of experts to swallow. Quote.

This research explores, through the reports of parents, a phenomenon whereby teens and young adults who did not exhibit childhood signs of gender issues appeared to suddenly identify as transgender.

This new identification seemed to occur in the context of either belonging to a group of friends [in which] multiple?or even all?members became transgender-identified around the same time, or through immersion in social media, or both. End of quote.

Lisa explains how she chanced upon her discovery. Quote.

I became interested in studying gender dysphoria when I observed, in my own community, an unusual pattern whereby teens from the same friend group began announcing transgender identities on social media, one after the other, on a scale that greatly exceeded expected numbers.

The descriptions of multiple friends from the same pre-existing group becoming transgender-identified at the same time were very surprising.

Parents reported that, after announcing a transgender identity, the kids became increasingly sullen, withdrawn and hostile toward their families.

They also said that the clinicians they saw were only interested in fast-tracking gender-affirmation and transition and were resistant to even evaluating the child?s pre-existing and current mental health issues.

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Lisa?s paper was published in 2018 and drew a huge response. Quote.

By email, I received numerous supportive messages from parents and clinicians from several countries expressing their gratitude that I had conducted this research.

There were emails from young adults who experienced gender dysphoria, transitioned and then de-transitioned who told me that the paper described their own experiences.

And there were emails from individuals who are transgender and happy with their own transitions, but are concerned about the current population of teens seeking transition.End of quote.

Lisa?s new diagnosis is a game changer in the diagnosis and treatment of transgender youth, and she is continuing her research.

To be continued: ?Politics cost me my job – part two of Lisa Littman?s story.?

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