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Mental health issues more common in transgender people, study reveals

A seminal Danish study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that transgender people face significantly higher rates of suicide and psychiatric conditions.

Trans-identifying individuals in Denmark experienced suicide deaths at a rate of 3.5 times, and suicide attempts were 7.7 times more frequent than their cisgender counterparts.

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The study, which involved a comprehensive analysis of nearly seven million medical and legal gender change records spanning forty years, noted 92 suicide attempts and 12 suicide deaths among the 3,759 transgender participants between 1980 and 2021.

Studies reveal high mortality rates among transgender people

Transgender people also tended to die at an earlier age, regardless of suicide being the cause of death.

Despite this, there was a general decrease in suicide rates among both groups over the study’s timeframe.

In their published results, researchers stated: “Transgender individuals had significantly higher rates of suicide attempt, suicide mortality, suicide-unrelated mortality, and all-cause mortality compared with the nontransgender population.”

Increased cases of psychiatric disorders in transgender group

Additionally, they observed a higher prevalence of psychiatric conditions within the transgender group, with approximately 43% diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder, starkly contrasting to the 7% of the non-transgender group.

Dr. Morten Frisch, a sexual health epidemiologist at Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen and co-author of the study, stressed, “This is beyond doubt a huge problem that needs to be looked at.”

Comparing transgender population sizes: U.S., Denmark

These findings might also be relevant to the U.S., given the similarities in suicide rates between the two countries.

However, based on UCLA’s Williams Institute data, the U.S. may have up to ten times more trans-identifying individuals than Denmark.

This suggests a potentially more significant trans population, especially among the younger demographic, which the Danish researchers may not have fully captured.

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Advocates for gender ideology in the U.S. often posit that transgender youth are at an elevated suicide risk if denied medical interventions like puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, or gender surgeries.

Contrarily, Denmark, recognized as one of the most progressive nations concerning transgender issues, permits such interventions.

It became the first country to legalize same-sex partnerships in 1989 and has allowed sex change operations and hormone therapy since the 1950s. Since 2014, Danes aged 18 and over can legally change their gender simply by declaring their intent.

Rising concerns over irreversible effects of transgender treatments

In the U.S., concerns are rising over the irreversible effects of these interventions.

An increasing number of young people have voiced regrets about undergoing such procedures.

This has led to at least 17 states proposing restrictions on hormone treatments and gender surgeries for minors.

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An ‘exponential’ surge in gender dysphoria cases in children

The phenomenon of young people identifying with new gender identities has grown exponentially, with around 300,000 minors aged 13 to 17 identifying as transgender as of last year, a notable rise from previous years.

Diagnoses of gender dysphoria in children also nearly tripled from 2017 to 2021.

Those experiencing crisis or distress can reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, available 24/7.