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A. Not exactly... When you feel you are living a lie, it can
make you depressed. That's reactive or situational depression.
It's like the depression you go through when a loved one dies. But
I'm talking about a biological condition: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and cyclic
(not reactive) depression are
biological conditions. No mental thought process, no matter
how intense, is likely to alter one's brain structure. If thoughts
could alter your structure, then it would be possible to think yourself
into being an XX (genetic) female (Or, in the case of women with
gender dysphoria, could cause you to grow a penis). Medical
conditions need to be dealt with medically.
A. No. The information provided is based on the scientific information
available, empirical evidence, the history of psychotherapy, and
the actual experience of people I know. There is no "faith"
involved. I support and believe in everyone's right to live their
lives as best suits them, so long as they aren't hurting anyone
(including themselves). I also believe that every sister has a
right to information that could help her. What you do with
this information is entirely YOUR decision.
A: There are two misconceptions here: First, no therapy will
deprogram you in any literal sense. Gender Identity Disorder is the result of a combination of biological and in-utero environmental
factors, at least some of which are very poorly understood.
There is no known method by which a transgendered person can become
"straight" or deprogrammed and those who make such
claims should be ashamed of themselves.
Alternative therapy is intended for those who MUST find creative ways for dealing with their gender issues.
Second, the information presented here is provided only for those who cannot or should not transition and who need an alternative just to survive. I would never want anyone to be anything other than who they are!
A. On the contrary, I am providing this information solely as an act of compassion to help those who are suffering and have not been helped by other methods. The course of Hormones, transition and surgery is THE ACCEPTED treatment for Gender Identity Disorder and thousands have found good lives through this treatment - but it doesn't work for everyone. I admit that this information does provide a bit of a challenge to some, and inevitably it will be misunderstood and misused. I feel bad about that, but I can't control the actions of others. Please don't feel like I am telling you to do anything different that what you are doing: As long as whatever course you have chosen in life works for you and you aren't causing harm to yourself or others, I would never suggest that you change anything. If you feel you need my blessing, then you have it.
It seems to be a "thing" in the gender community to divide into camps. There are the "True Transsexuals" (what every person calls themselves) and there are the wannabes/fakes/men (everyone ELSE, especially anyone who doesn't agree with every idea that you have). This is also known as the No True Scotsman fallacy. Look it up. Basically, you decide that you are the 'it' of transsexualism, and so anything different from you must not be a real transsexual. It's a kind of backward logic (which means, illogical). I'd encourage you to try to understand that just because you are convinced that one certain thing is right for you doesn't automatically make it right for everyone. You are not the template of transsexualism. That part is definitely all in your head. :)
would love to call upon the psychotherapeutic and psychiatric
community to begin initiating studies on the effectiveness of
treating transsexualism/Gender Identity Disorder as Obsessive
Compulsive Disorder. I suspect that we may find that OCD treatments
are AT LEAST as effective as the more traditional
hormones/transition/surgery route, and hopefully will also produce
fewer suicides. Please, if you are an academic in this field,
heed my words! There are so many deaths after the
transition process. Even famous ones like Christine
Daniels (Mike Penner) and "successful" post-operative
celebrity-transsexuals like Jahna Steele have died tragically and
alone. We can do better! It's up to you.
Stigma of De-Transition 1 and Part
TGirl Blogger on Transition Failure
A Warning For Those Considering SRS (surgery)
On Regret of Gender Transition
OCD psychotherapy / self-help
OCD Treatment / MEdications