At 18, my son was prescribed 300mg/day of Spiro by a GP to drop testosterone. This was after <3hrs with a social worker who believed herself qualified to recommend med transition. He became very ill and thankfully stopped taking them, but plans to try again
She got angry and scoffed at me for my concerns. Told me if my son were to get on drugs and begin wearing rice bags in a bra, his mental health issues would be over.
Said my husband and I were our son’s problem
I asked what gave her so much confidence in her ability to decide who needs to transition. She said she has a “sense” for it. Had refused one person before, otherwise been ✅ every time.
I later learned she fast tracked my son’s case after asking him if he thought his parents were being abusive.
He kept his appt and was given blockers that day. This was I think 4 mths after initial meeting with the SW.
He was at uni using a different name and had 0 friends. No one would have noticed his absence! Breaks my heart!!
(I should point out here that he is textbook ROGD)
Gatekeeping, even a little!, could have saved our whole family so much pain!