Two-thirds of youngsters wanting sex change ‘had earlier suffered mental health problems’

Sanchez Manning for the Daily Mail Online writes:

Almost two thirds of children and teenagers who say they want to change sex have been diagnosed with serious mental health disorders before expressing the desire to transition, a new study has found.

The research, published in the scientific journal Plos One, raises fears that young people who claim to be confused about their gender could actually be suffering from other psychological conditions. A growing number of parents and psychologists have expressed concerns that the NHS is being too quick to accept children’s claims that they are transgender.

The UK’s only NHS gender identity service for under-18s, the Tavistock clinic in North London, has seen its referral levels rise dramatically from 94 in 2009 to more than 2,500 so far this year.


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