Gender Dysphoria

     If a man goes to a psychiatrist and says, “Doc, I think I’m a chicken”, what will the psychiatrist do? Will he stick feathers in the man so he can look like a real chicken? Or will he try to convince the man that he is not really a chicken? Hopefully, he would pick the second choice. Does the first one make any sense at all? Of course not. It’s completely absurd. But it parallels the absurdity of a sex-change operation. If a man thinks he is a woman, he is clearly in a delusional state. Why would the psychiatrist feed the delusion instead of curing it? If he really wants to do what’s best for the man, he would try to help him deal with reality and accept himself for who he is. Transgenders are in a delusional state and are in need of counseling or therapy. To simply affirm their delusion is not helping them at all.

     The condition that we are dealing with here is called gender dysphoria. Gender dysphoria is the magic bullet theory of transgenderism. It is a desperate attempt to make sense out of something that makes no sense at all. Like the magic bullet theory, it cannot withstand scrutiny. It seems almost semi-reasonable on the surface, but falls apart upon closer inspection. Supposedly, this is a medical condition that is “cured” by a sex-change operation. Let’s take a closer look at how gender dysphoria is defined:
     Gender Dysphoria: unhappiness with one's biological sex or its usual gender role, with the desire for the body and role of the opposite sex.
     A persistent unease with having the physical characteristics of one's gender, accompanied by strong identification with the opposite gender and a desire to live as or to become a member of the opposite gender.
Dissatisfaction or discomfort with one's phenotypic gender.[1]
     Notice the use of words like “unhappiness,” “unease,” “identification,” “dissatisfaction,” and “discomfort.” These are all words that indicate a psychological condition. There is no medical or physical confirmation of any of these symptoms. The diagnosis of gender dysphoria is based completely on how the patient feels. He is “unhappy” with his biological sex, or he is “dissatisfied” with his gender. But what medical tests are there to confirm this? Do blood tests show gender dysphoria? Does the CAT-Scan or MRI show gender dysphoria? Do the X-rays show that the patient is in the wrong body? No. Medically speaking, gender dysphoria is a phantom disease. There is no medical diagnosis for it. Because it is all based on the patient’s subjective experience, the only diagnosis is the patient’s own self-diagnosis. He feels like he’s in the wrong body, so he is. There is no test to show if that feeling is right or not. That feeling could be caused by things like trauma, stress, drugs, pressure, etc. In other words, that feeling could be wrong. Yet, that feeling is all that defines this condition.

[1] http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/gender+dysphoria.