Jun 03

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

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

By Michael W. Chapman | cnsnews.com

paul_r_mchugh_md2CNSNews.com) —  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.”



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  1. Kathie

    I have read these comments. The article is could change many people’s opinions. Please don’t ruin it by bringing stupid political statements into this. No President created this problem. Which would be worse saying a liberal president agrees with transgenders or concervatives running for President now agree, suddenly, so they can get elected. Jesus wasn’t asking us to vote for either side of politics. He wanted us to believe the word of God. Follow him. No political person was mentioned by Jesus.

  2. Ellen

    Let us make man in our image, after our likeness, So God created man in his own image, in the image if God created he him; male and female created he them, Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: Genesis 1:26-28.

  3. Ellen Napoleon

    And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.So God created man in his own image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it. Genesis 1:26-.28. It is time for the medical community to speak on tis topic, instead of going along with everything someone says is true in and obviously unbalanced situation. The church is battling the WORLD, FLESH AND THE DEVIL, The world would like us to believe we’ve lost the battle, but we are going to win the war.

  4. Eddie G.

    Interesting. I agree with this, in the fact that just because you “snip” something off or “sew” something one…doesn’t change your biological makeup nor does it alter the chromosomes and DNA in your body. If you’re a woman, you will ALWAYS BE a woman, regardless of the alterations you have made to your body. If you’re a man, you will ALWAYS BE a man regardless of the changes you have made. If some need it to be simplified, its the equivalent to taking the engine of a Ford and placing it within the body-frame of a Ferrari. No matter WHAT you do, no matter HOW many different tweaks and changes you make to the engine IT WILL NEVER BE A FERRARI…..it will ALWAYS BE A FORD!

  5. Andy

    Am happy a normal and sane mind is talking here.I get dumbfounded with the seemingly docility of the sane minds in the society whose opinion should matter.Our world is in danger as freedom leading to her bondage.

  6. mvictoriousc

    Hallelujah, let God be true and everyman a liar. Will be praying for the distinguished gentleman’s safety.

  7. Dorothy

    I too am so happy to hear someone speak to this absolute illusion to reality! It is so difficult to see how with social media this sort of thing can be so widely accepted. I do believe this is our final days, such corruptions in our moral values and our integrity cannot go on. I do believe this is demonic in nature, with this wide spread of people feeling that God made a mistake with them. So now they are confused. I know God is a God of absolute clearity. Only the Evil one wants to confuse us. Thank you Dr. McHugh and I pray for your Safety due to the fact This is not going to go well in this disturbed community.

  8. Ken Bolin

    I also know sir this is a work of satan’ God’s Holy Word Says you have two Masters to serve. One Is The True Son Of God Jesus Christ’ The King Of Glory Who Paid It All At Calvary. For all sins of humanity Remember God & His Son Jesus Christ’ Loves all of the homosexual & Lesbian even transgender’ But you must know this is not a mind or heart problem’ it’s a demon from satan ok.
    Now Here is the truth above all Jesus Christ died on That Cross’ for all of God’s Creation To Give Them Life’ Everlasting & Throughout Eternity That’s Is Forever Sir.
    Now about satan this is also the real truth’ satan came to kill steal destroy and this is what has taken place.From the very start he’s working to destroy’ all he can by making them think it’s all ok.
    He is a liar and the truth is not in him’ he is the father of lies. So people give over to the work of a demon’ controlling life serving satan not knowing’ yet loving it thinking it’s ok.
    So All Who Follow him satan will spend eternity in hell unless they fully repent and turn away from this life style.
    Making a real change by running to Christ jesus & The Cross Being Washed in The Blood Then Blood Bough & being Filled In The Holy Ghost Turning from all their Wicked Ways This is their ONLY HOPE is Christ jesus Thanks Ken Bolin

  9. Balogun

    Unfortunately the society is disintegrating by the and the policy makers aaren’t doing anything about it maybe because some of them falls into these category of delusion and mental instability.

    1. Ab Balogun

      Its so wonderful to have an answer from a fellow man to those ordinary humans who try to make God a lier. God does not have to prove his truth or trueness to God, He did that when he gave us Jesus Christ his only begotten son. We are left to follow him or willfully chose our ways but he has also appointed a day o accountability, its the day of Judgment Eccl. 2

      Ecclesiastes 2
      1 I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity.
      2 I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it?
      3 I sought in mine heart to give myself unto wine, yet acquainting mine heart with wisdom; and to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was that good for the sons of men, which they should do under the heaven all the days of their life.
      4 I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards:
      5 I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits:
      6 I made me pools of water, to water therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees:
      7 I got me servants and maidens, and had servants born in my house; also I had great possessions of great and small cattle above all that were in Jerusalem before me:
      8 I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts.
      9 So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me.
      10 And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and this was my portion of all my labour.
      11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.
      12 And I turned myself to behold wisdom, and madness, and folly: for what can the man do that cometh after the king? even that which hath been already done.
      13 Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness.
      14 The wise man’s eyes are in his head; but the fool walketh in darkness: and I myself perceived also that one event happeneth to them all.
      15 Then said I in my heart, As it happeneth to the fool, so it happeneth even to me; and why was I then more wise? Then I said in my heart, that this also is vanity.
      16 For there is no remembrance of the wise more than of the fool for ever; seeing that which now is in the days to come shall all be forgotten. And how dieth the wise man? as the fool.
      17 Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit.
      18 Yea, I hated all my labour which I had taken under the sun: because I should leave it unto the man that shall be after me.
      19 And who knoweth whether he shall be a wise man or a fool? yet shall he have rule over all my labour wherein I have laboured, and wherein I have shewed myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity.
      20 Therefore I went about to cause my heart to despair of all the labour which I took under the sun.
      21 For there is a man whose labour is in wisdom, and in knowledge, and in equity; yet to a man that hath not laboured therein shall he leave it for his portion. This also is vanity and a great evil.
      22 For what hath man of all his labour, and of the vexation of his heart, wherein he hath laboured under the sun?
      23 For all his days are sorrows, and his travail grief; yea, his heart taketh not rest in the night. This is also vanity.
      24 There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.
      25 For who can eat, or who else can hasten hereunto, more than I?
      26 For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.


  10. DK

    Praise the Lord!!! Finally!! Someone with true intelligence in the medical/scientific community who has the courage to make a true statement–will there be anyone else?!?! Thank you Dr. McHugh!!

  11. Jessica Williams

    Call me what you want, but I agree with the doctor.

  12. DK

    Praise the Lord!!! Finally!! Someone with true intelligence in the medical/scientific community who has the courage to make a true statement–will there be there be anyone else?!?! Thank you Dr. McHugh!!

  13. Kerry

    So happy to read this. Finally a sane person speaking the truth

  14. Mark Nyame

    It is strange we can openly talk about unnatural affection that leads to disease and death but can not openly talk about Jesus who changes lives for the better and gives hope to the hopeless.
    It is strange that our public schools now find prayer and discussions about Jesus and even holding of Bibles offensive but our children can openly talk about being GAY and that is considered normal.
    The earlier we turned to the Creator and started making life’s references to His manual for living, the Bible, the better for all of us.
    God have mercy

    1. Shazim

      Can I quote this?

      1. Mark Nyame

        YES !! go ahead and quote it

  15. Mark Nyame

    I perfectly agree with Dr. McHugh.
    Those people rather need to be helped out of their illusion.

  16. george harrison

    Sad, the enemy deceives the world as written in the book of Revelation. This world is getting crazy. Shocking how the media is celebrating Bruce Jenner, this dude is mentally and spiritually ill for real. That other black dude tranny in the media, I forgot dude name, he is crazy. True christians have to wake up to this, and stop watch reality tv, sinful, gay promotion shows like Scandal and Empire these are Satan inspired shows. When I heard of Empire and gay dude rapper, there was no way I would watch this sinful-trashy Lee Daniels gay show. I pray daily that God breaks this spirit in America and the world.

    1. oneton

      Very well stated. My thoughts exactly and something I’ve been telling people for months now.

  17. jack

    Thanks, great post. The anorexia analogy by Dr. McHugh was excellent.

  18. Jeanne M

    In other words, God’s Word Is True (Roman’s 3:4) and mankind is deluding themselves, because they’ve turned their backs on Him and are suffering for it.

  19. Merry

    Excellent article! Good to hear common sense especially from a professional! Thanks for the post!

  20. TPea

    We shall know the truth and the truth shall MAKE us free!!

  21. 1 servant

    Thank you doctor McHugh now if this man’s statements don”t cause our president and others to at least think about the conseqences of sanctioning this foolishness as the new norm then I would dare to say like i have heard others say that he is antichrist and he is trying to ruin this nation. There will be judgement for all of this. “All of the nations and people that forget God will be turned over into hell’ says the word of Almighty God the Creator of everything

    1. Kathie

      I have read these comments. The article is could change many people’s opinions. Please don’t ruin it by bringing stupid political statements into this. No President created this problem. Which would be worse saying a liberal president agrees with transgenders or concervatives running for President now agree, suddenly, so they can get elected. Jesus wasn’t asking us to vote for either side of politics. He wanted us to believe the word of God. Follow him. No political person was mentioned by Jesus.

  22. Alan Byrd

    Finally! Somebody out there with some sense!

  23. Denise Courts

    BRAVO! A doctor who has managed in spite of popular opinion to speak the truth, i pray God protect this man.

  24. Zita G

    So now they change the way they look on the outside and have even more mental chains to break trying to relate to the male or female genetic make-up God made them with.

    What a nightmare to be trapped not only mentally but physically also. “Let this mind be in you that is also in Christ Jesus…” this has even more meaning to me now.

    Thanks Minister G. Craig for all you do, God’s continued blessings!

  25. Rosiland Fletcher

    I am so glad that someone is telling the truth. Those that have a career in government, media, etc. are not going to go against the grain. This is courage.

  26. Sherry Henderson

    I am so very happy that someone is speaking out against this madness that the enemy is trying to promote. The devil is still a liar!! To God be all the glory!! Thank you God for using Dr. McHugh to expose the tricks of the enemy. I don’t know if Dr. McHugh is a believer, but I definitely know that God has used him in this instance. Praise God!

  27. Paula

    And what is at the root of mental disorders? Demonic activity!!

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