Wednesday, April 22, 2015

John Hopkins Dr. Paul R. McHugh: Abusing The Disordered?

The question raised by Dr. McHugh:  Are we abusing vulnerable people for profit, because politicians have become involved?

With the publicity surrounding 65 year old Bruce Jenner, are we looking at compassionate surgery, or abuse of those with mental or psychological disorders?  

Here is the article for commentary.  Statements are in quotes.  

Johns Hopkins Psychiatrist: Transgender is ‘Mental Disorder;' Sex Change ‘Biologically Impossible’



 Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, said 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.

Dr. McHugh, the author of six books and at least 125 peer-reviewed medical articles, made his remarks in a recent commentary in the Wall Street Journal, where he explained that transgender surgery is not the solution for people who suffer a “disorder of ‘assumption’” – the notion that their maleness or femaleness is different than what nature assigned to them biologically.

He also reported on a new study showing that the suicide rate among transgendered people who had reassignment surgery is 20 times higher than the suicide rate among non-transgender people. Dr. McHugh further noted studies from Vanderbilt University and London’s Portman Clinic of children who had expressed transgender feelings but for whom, over time, 70%-80% “spontaneously lost those feelings.”

While the Obama administration, Hollywood, and major media such as Time magazine promote transgenderism as normal, said Dr. McHugh, these “policy makers and the media are doing no favors either to the public or the transgendered by treating their confusions as a right in need of defending rather than as a mental disorder that deserves understanding, treatment and prevention.


This intensely felt sense of being transgendered constitutes a mental disorder in two respects. The first is that the idea of sex misalignment is simply mistaken – it does not correspond with physical reality. The second is that it can lead to grim psychological outcomes.”

The transgendered person’s disorder, said Dr. McHugh, is in the person’s “assumption” that they are different than the physical reality of their body, their maleness or femaleness, as assigned by nature. It is a disorder similar to a “dangerously thin” person suffering anorexia who looks in the mirror and thinks they are “overweight,” said McHugh.
This assumption, that one’s gender is only in the mind regardless of anatomical reality, has led some transgendered people to push for social acceptance and affirmation of their own subjective “personal truth,” said Dr. McHugh. As a result, some states – California, New Jersey, and Massachusetts – have passed laws barring psychiatrists, “even with parental permission, from striving to restore natural gender feelings to a transgender minor,” he said.
The pro-transgender advocates do not want to know, said McHugh, that studies show between 70% and 80% of children who express transgender feelings “spontaneously lose those feelings” over time. Also, for those who had sexual reassignment surgery, most said they were “satisfied” with the operation “but their subsequent psycho-social adjustments were no better than those who didn’t have the surgery.”

“And so at Hopkins we stopped doing sex-reassignment surgery, since producing a ‘satisfied’ but still troubled patient seemed an inadequate reason for surgically amputating normal organs,” said Dr. McHugh.

The former Johns Hopkins chief of psychiatry also warned against enabling or encouraging certain subgroups of the transgendered, such as young people “susceptible to suggestion from ‘everything is normal’ sex education,” and the schools’ “diversity counselors” who, like “cult leaders,” may “encourage these young people to distance themselves from their families and offer advice on rebutting arguments against having transgender surgery.”
Dr. McHugh also reported that there are “misguided doctors” who, working with very young children who seem to imitate the opposite sex, will administer “puberty-delaying hormones to render later sex-change surgeries less onerous – even though the drugs stunt the children’s growth and risk causing sterility.”
Such action comes “close to child abuse,” said Dr. McHugh, given that close to 80% of those kids will “abandon their confusion and grow naturally into adult life if untreated ….”
’Sex change’ is biologically impossible,” said McHugh. “People who undergo sex-reassignment surgery do not change from men to women or vice versa. Rather, they become feminized men or masculinized women. Claiming that this is civil-rights matter and encouraging surgical intervention is in reality to collaborate with and promote a mental disorder.”

11 comments:

Mary Library said...

Interesting guy, Dr. McHugh. I certainly agree with his conclusions that PTSD is way overdiagnosed.

He also claims there's no homosexual gene, citing college educated females are more likely to be lesbians and rurals are less likely to be in "homosexual relationships". Curious wording. Is there a difference in being homosexual and being in a homosexual relationship?

He served on an ethics panel under Bush 2 and was against embryonic stem cells being used in medical research.

During the whole Catholic priest scandal, he testified on behalf of accused priests that some of the victims' memories were faked.

His Wikipedia page says he's a Democrat LOL- talk about identity confusion.

Lis said...

Is the point that this relates in general to dishonesty because the transgender person is trying to be (or rather appear to be) something they cannot be?

sidewalk super said...


In the Jenner case, exactly how much of his identity crisis has to do with the amount of money he is capable of investing into his problem?

Anonymous said...

I cannot help but agree with Dr. McHugh. I have daily personal contact with a sexually reassigned female (male surgically altered to become female)who is one of the sweetest and most considerate persons I have ever known, yet is tragically mentally confused. His/HER ability to retain even rudimentary instructions is severely impaired yet she is highly educated and is not dumb.

We've had many long and worthwhile conversations together, and, while you feel she is every bit comprehensive in participating in intelligent conversations, later it is obvious that she was not understanding (failed to retain) even the simplest points that were being made. It's almost like you never had the conversation together as she draws a blank when the same subjects come up for discussion again. Sad, really.

Anonymous said...

P.S... "She" claims that all her problems stem from the hormone treatments she's had, but believes she needs more hormone treatments then everything would be okay. I don't see it this way at all, as hormone treatments do not clear up ones' confusion; if anything, hormone treatments can cause even more confusion to ones' psyche, depending on the need, the type, and what these hormones are being used for. It's not like she is in the change of life!

As for Bruce Jenner: Creep. Freak. Sick in the head and disgusting. Agree or not, that's my opinion and I'm sticking with it.

Jen Ow said...

I don't understand the complaining about this post. It states in the first paragraph the authors position, and that the article was posted for commentary, with statements in quotes. It's a relevant article to review, like any other. This isn't a missing persons/crime forum. All statements/articles of interest are up for analysis.

This topic is in the news currently, both as the Jenner story, and the other family who is receiving attention for beginning their little girl's transition to a boy at 4 years old. (They claim she 'began identifying as a boy at 2 years old.)

As for the article, I find McHugh's "close to child abuse" quote interesting. It seems that failing to provide for, or harming the mental, emotional or physical well-being of a child would be clear cut child abuse. Yet he qualified it. What made him define it as only 'close to' abuse. (Maybe due to lack of intent? Parents/Doctors thinking they are helping?)

In any other circumstance, administering hormones, or other drugs, to stunt a child's growth and development would likely be deemed abusive. As would any medically unnecessary procedure that risks their future fertility. For instance, how would it be viewed if parents allowed their daughter to take hormones to restrict her growth, or breast development, because the girl wanted to be 'petite'? Most would say that is a ridiculous notion, and we should not disrupt the body's natural development. It is a far less controversial topic than sexual identity, yet the implications are the same. Using drugs to permanently alter a child's body for ANY reason, is ill advised. The long term complications are unknown, and open the door to many terrible possibilities such as the early development of dementia from long term estrogen supplementation, or increased risk of cancer, etc.

Children, and teenagers don't have the ability to appreciate the long term consequences of their actions, therefore parents (and Doctor's) should make sure that they don't take actions that have a permanent effect on their future. Administering life altering drugs, before children have even gone through puberty, is a recipe for disaster.

I'm sure there are plenty of strong feelings on both sides, and there will always be adults that choose reassignment, (as long as there are doctors willing to perform the surgery) but in my opinion it is a mistake, (as well as unethical) to allow young kids, to 'define their sexuality' without the benefit of life experiences that may change those feelings, and then take permanent steps to alter, or remove healthy organs from their body.

tania cadogan said...

I find the whole topic of gender reassignment fascinating, especially at the moment as there are people of both genders who have decided after full surgery or during the reassignment process that they no longer want to be their new gender but want to go back to their original one.

If i recall correctly there was a guy who transitioned then transitioned back and then forwards again.
he did not know what he wanted to be.
I thought about it for a while and thought maybe he is simply bisexual and doesn't recognise it for what it is or is denying his dexual preference.

The same with some other cases where the subject decides at some point hey are gay and live the lifestyle for a while before deciding they are in the wrong gender.

Then there are those who transition and then go on to date/live with/marry someone of their former gender.
sometimes this works and sometimes it doesn't.
Occasionally there are those who marry another transgender which basically means a heterosexual couple even though they have swapped genders.

Then there is the man who kept his sexual organs and then went on to have several children.

This case in particular is of interest since if he claimed to be a woman in the wrong sex and had partial surgery, why did he keep his reproductive organs and then have children?
Surely the maternal instinct to want to have kids is female?

If he has a maternal instinct then surely that tells him he is mentally female?
This lead me to think that since he had a female partner, kept his reproductive organs in order to have kids that he wasn't transgender, he was simply a lesbian.

I wonder if most of these are in denial because society says you must look like this, feel that.
By claiming to be transgender they find society is perhaps more accepting, they can claim it is a genetic thing and be believed.
They are told by society that your gender has to look like this, feel that, be and do this and that and the person simply doesn't fit or fell they can do what society expects of them and feels perhaps they will feel different as the other gender with its perceived freedoms only to find out oo late, their chosen gender is just the same as their born gender.

Society today has a do it now, give it to me now entitlement, it is al too easy and their will always be someone who will do want you want.
Some end up happy, some end up no different, they get by and some regret the whole thing.
Repent at leisure.

I do not agree with children being treated as transgender and given pills and potions to delay puberty.
People change over time , especially children.
What if your child isn't transgender and is simply a tomboy or comfortable with their feminine side?
What if your child is simply gy or bisexual?
What if it is just a phase?

How will you feel knowing perhaps you damaged your child health and fertility just because they didn't fit the stereotype and you jumped to conclusions based on the latest fad?

Sus said...

I'm surprised McHugh is quoted here on anything. He promotes the bullying of those who choose to stand with their true gender identity. He seemingly has sound credentials to do so, but uses flawed studies (the flawed John Hopkins study that is decades old).

He pushes his conservative Catholic views so much that it came to murder in Kansas. Though blocked by a judge from speaking there, he still stated a ten year old rape victim shouldn't be allowed an abortion. Her doctor was murdered by one of NcHugh's followers.

He defends child abusers and pedophiles with zeal. Notice the following quote.
"McHugh, after all, is the man whose report to the court in one case stated that a defendant's harassing phone calls were not obscene -- including the call that detailed a fantasy of a 4-year-old sex slave locked in a dog cage and fed human waste. At least eight men have been convicted of sexually abusing Maryland children while under treatment at the "sex disorders" clinic McHugh runs at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine -- abuse the doctors did not report, citing client confidentiality. When Maryland law was changed to require that doctors report child molestation, the clinic fought it and advised patients on how to get around the law. [4]

McHugh is the perfect example of making profit off the vulnerable...which I believe you mentioned in your intro, Peter.

Anonymous said...

This article is the property of CNS News. Why was the byline removed (in between quoted title and first word)/no attribution given? That constitutes plagiarism and copyright infringement.

Anonymous said...

In the 1980s I knew a girl who for YEARS insisted she was a boy. She was the only girl in her family, with two older brothers whom she loved to tag along with. Eventually she lost those feelings. Today she is married to man and has a few kids and is totally feminine. What if that were today? Massachusetts, the state we lived in, has banned psychologists and doctors from trying to get kids to identify with their own gender, they HAVE To accept transsexuality as "normal". They would have told her to get a boy's name, start dressing as a boy, and so forth. All that would have been unnecessary!!!!

Anonymous said...

Transgender IS a mental illness. It doesn't matter if people are born that way or not, it is a disorder. Many trans people kill themselves and/or take drugs because they don't like themselves. There is lots of self-loathing in them. Some claim that they craved testosterone or estrogen and finally felt better once they received the treatments, yet the brain probably made them feel that way.
I think of phantom pregnancies, when women THINK they are pregnant and start having all the symptoms of a pregnancy, and there really is no baby. Trans people feel they are in the "wrong" body and then they start taking on another identity and convince themselves they are the other gender.