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Does GRS and/or HRT reduce mental distress?


Rachel Montgomery:
 Correction: Transgender Surgery Provides No Mental Health Benefit

The Public Discourse  September 13, 2020
By Andre Van Mol, Michael K. Laidlaw, Miriam Grossman and Paul McHugh

The American Journal of Psychiatry has issued a major correction to a recent study. The Bränström study reanalysis demonstrated that neither “gender-affirming hormone treatment” nor “gender-affirming surgery” reduced the need of transgender-identifying people for mental health services. Fad medicine is bad medicine, and gender-anxious people deserve better.
Don't let the headline fool you, the article does not establish that HRT and GRS do no good at all.  Instead, it fails to prove that they result in meaningful decreases in the need for mental health services.  Obviously, someone can receive a lot of relief by getting counseling.  The fact that they don't quit counseling doesn't mean it isn't doing any good.  Likewise, while GRS and/or HRT certainly seem to help the people I know who have employed them, most report that they stiff suffer from dysphoria and depression.  It is less intense, which is good.  But, they tell me that it doesn't make everything smooth sailing. 

Anyway, read it and tell me if you agree with my analysis, and be informed for when people tell you science says transitioning doesn't help.

I highly suspect all studies that suddenly prove there to be no need for an insurance company to pay for a drug, procedure or therapy.  One example is studies showing that the PSA test is not recommended because it has been known to give false positives. What they don't say is that this is the ONLY test for the second leading killer of men Prostate Cancer other then doctors doing a DRE and feeling around for lumps.

If it saves insurance company money lets do enough "studies" and slant them so as to bamboozle doctors and patients alike. The synthetic (only) study of HRT for menopausal women is another one. Give women who have been in menopause for a decade or more high levels of "Equine" (aka Horse) Estrogen and see if someone has a heart attack? Do the people thinking up these studies think we were all born yesterday?


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