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2 Apr, 6 tweets, 2 min read
a. there’s no one thing called “psychotherapy” that can be applied as treatment the same way that, say, an antibiotic can be

b. the demographics and clinical presentations of what is called gender dysphoria have changed drastically in the last few years, much less since 1977.
the vast majority of those presenting with gender dysphoria now are adolescent girls, which was basically unheard of in 1977. these girls commonly have histories of trauma and body image issues. exploring this and it’s role in development of GD is not conversion therapy.
it’s true that many approaches for therapy won’t “work” for people with GD. just like they don’t work for people with trauma, eating disorders, etc. different people have different origins for their different suffering and require different and multiple approaches.
just because a few sessions of CBT doesn’t cure somebody’s complex suffering doesn’t mean that there is no hope to help someone think about and relate to their problems in a better way that brings them peace, without drastic irreversible medical/cosmetic intervention.
most therapy and mental health services are actually very shitty. i’ll be the first to complain about that. but it’s not so simple as “does psychotherapy work for GD or not”
like someone said, there were very different approaches and attitudes in the 70s. homosexuality was considered a mental illness that could be cured by aversion therapy, lol. but i’m sure therapist quacks from ‘77 deboonked the people concerned about treatment of GD in 2021

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16 Mar
for many people, the development of dysphoria goes like this:

interests, preferences, behavior, appearance different from many of the same sex, and more similar to the opposite sex

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feelings of alienation, shame, and insecurity, especially if outcast by family/peers

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noticing that if one were born the opposite sex, their personality/appearance would not have resulted in the shame & alienation

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the body begins to be viewed as the source of shame and alienation

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relief from shame and alienation comes from altering the body
for a select few, perhaps due to some differences in cognitive or emotional processes involved in the dysphoria that we don’t really understand, this seems to work, at least in the short term.
Read 6 tweets
16 Mar
some people have interests and preferences that tend slightly or strongly towards that which is more typical of the opposite sex. it’s a normal variation in human personalities. it doesn’t make them the opposite sex, even if the feeling of being different causes them distress.
a lot of people’s dysphoria is caused by extreme feelings of shame and alienation because they are different in their preferences, interests, behavior, and appearance in relation to other people of their sex. you start to believe you should have been born the opposite sex.
then an ideology comes along that confirms that sense of alienation and misalignment with the body as being accurate, but it isn’t. those are feelings.
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1 Mar
genuinely terrified for the psychological wellbeing of the youngest generation rn. my own generation is all messed up in so many ways but i think about little kids in isolation and little kids being transitioned in record numbers and im just heartbroken
for my age group we have "zoomer condition" to describe the general widespread effects of growing up with technological overload and social media (+ the lack of free play and physical activity that accompanies it) and thats bad enough man... ITS BAD ENOUGH
not even just kids being transitioned.. kids growing up w/ highly dysfunctional parents captured by insane ideology. stuff like "theybies" is just the tip of the iceberg. ik so many ppl whos marriages have been destroyed bc of this and i just know their kids are gonna suffer
Read 4 tweets
21 Feb
this is the problem. first result for a google search "effects of testosterone ftm". written by an MD, yet this article reduces the effects of high dose testosterone in female to aesthetics, with only a quick mention of a few potential health risks. transcare.ucsf.edu/article/inform…
no discussion about what estrogen is, what it does in the female body, why it is important for healthy body function, or how excess testosterone impacts various body systems. this is a doctor here, she learned this information in medical school. she KNOWS what estrogen does.
she KNOWS how the endocrine system works and why its healthy function matters.

she. learned. it. in. medical. school.

and yet she writes this misleading article, that will be read by countless young and vulnerable people considering cross sex hormone treatment.
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21 Feb
maybe if my zoomer condition warped attention span allows i’ll do a write up on all the different ways sex hormones affect the body, because i’m getting really tired of ignorant people spreading misinformation and minimization to ppl considering or currently on cross sex hormones
obviously i’m not a doctor 😏 but this stuff really fascinates me and ohhhhhhhhh my god is it misunderstood when it comes to talking about the health and ethics of medical transition
this will take a ton of additional research though so don’t expect it soon 😂 but every day my patience grows thinner im finna snap
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21 Feb
sex hormones greatly influence bone formation and resorption. unnaturally high levels of testosterone in females disrupt healthy sex hormone function, and eventually atrophy the reproductive system, which is what mainly regulates sex hormones.
this diseased state of the endocrine system is what leads to osteoporosis, which can be observed in similar cases such as women with PCOS and post-menopausal women.
it would make more sense if you put effort into learning how the endocrine system actually works, instead of minimizing its importance and spreading misinformation. its not just something that makes you look a certain way.
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