The Silent Cry – Young Children Grapple with Gender Dysphoria Amidst Rising Cases

A new study shows that more and more young people are feeling a mismatch between their assigned gender at birth and the gender they feel inside. 

Kids Are Seeking Gender Care at Young Ages

The medical term for this feeling is called gender dysphoria. The study found that children are seeking gender care at a younger and younger age, with those assigned female at birth seeking care around age 11, while those assigned male at birth seek it around age 13.

The reason behind kids seeking care at a younger age is not entirely understood. However, it could be because there is now better access to gender care and a more accepting society allowing gender diversity.

This has reduced barriers and fears for young people expressing their gender identity.

The study analyzed data from over 66 million people, and the results suggest that gender dysphoria has been increasing.

Gender Dysphoria Cases Have Increased Significantly

The estimated number of gender dysphoria cases increased significantly from 2017 to 2021, with the average age of those diagnosed also falling to a younger age.

For those assigned female at birth, the initial feeling of gender dysphoria begins at age 11, peaks between 17 and 19, and then declines.

This is below that of those assigned male at birth by age 22. For those assigned male at birth, the prevalence increases at age 13, peaks at 23, and gradually declines afterward.

Gender-affirming care helps individuals transition from their assigned gender to the gender they identify with.

Provide Support and Information Without Pushing Them Toward a Specific Gender

However, some states have passed laws banning such care, which can harm those seeking support for their gender identity.

The author of the study Dr. Ching-Fang Sun, a resident at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke, suggests that parents of a child exploring their gender identity should try to provide support and information without pushing them toward a specific gender.

Seeking help from mental health professionals or local resources is essential if parents have questions or concerns.

The study’s large sample size and geographic range add credibility to its findings, making it an important contribution to transgender health research.

A Significant Victory in Early Intervention

The study’s findings have been seen as a positive development by experts in transgender health.

The increasing number of young people seeking care at a younger age means that healthcare providers are addressing gender dysphoria earlier, which is considered a significant victory in early intervention.

A psychologist at the Montefiore Transgender Health Program in New York City says people seeking gender-affirming care at a younger with medical professionals is important because “instead of trans individuals resorting to extra-medical means for gender-affirming care… the data suggests that youth are now more likely to consult a doctor and gain access to gender-affirming care with support from an interdisciplinary team.”

… And a a Crucial Step in Assuring Their Safety and Well-Being

While those experiencing gender dysphoria have an increased rate of suicide and are often faced with a strong prejudice, connecting them with real medical professionals can be a crucial step in assuring their safety and well-being.

Medical professionals seem to believe that this study highlights the increasing prevalence of gender dysphoria among young people. However, they remain hopeful as the study also suggests that those experiencing gender dysphoria seek professional help and support at a younger age.

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