Monday, June 06, 2016

John Hopkins Hospital: "Transgenderism is Mental Illness"

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Dr. Paul McHugh, Distinguished Service Professor at Johns Hopkins University and former psychiatrist-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital says transgenderism and sex-reassignment surgery is a "mental illness"---and to enable it is "collaborating with madness."

Why, then, is our president and the secular progressive Left "enabling" when those who are gender confused desperately need help? Is there some reason why President Obama and the Progressive Left are standing against the science?

The secular Progressive Left is obsessed with marginalizing the "far right"---especially biblical Christians, as uncaring and uninformed in regard to their assault on common sense, and morality related to the current "bathroom" fiasco.

It appears it's the secular Progressive Left that's uninformed.

Dr. Paul R. McHugh in his book, "The Mind Has Mountains: Reflections on Society and Psychiatry," reflects on a lifetime of work as a psychiatrist.

His reflections and insights are coming from the medical, not necessarily the moral or biblical point of view, yet his insights affirm the profound Truth of God's Word on the issue.

Dr McHugh says, "The HRC [Human Rights Campaign, a homosexual advocacy organization] defines 'gender identity' as 'one's internal concept of self as male, female, a blend of both, or neither' regardless of the one's anatomy and chromosomal makeup---XX female, XY Male."

He says, "I have witnessed a great deal of damage from sex-reassignment. The children transformed from their male constitution into female roles suffered prolonged distress and misery as they sensed their natural attitudes as males develop."

"As for the adults who came to us [at Johns Hopkins] claiming to have discovered their 'true' sexual identity and to have heard about sex-change operations, we psychiatrists have been distracted from studying the causes and natures of their mental misdirections by preparing them for surgery and for a life in the other sex," he said.

Doctor McHugh describes transgenderism as a make believe world---a fantasy world.

Speaking of men he says, "The post-surgical subjects struck me as caricatures of women. They wore high heels, copious makeup, and flamboyant clothing...but their large hands, prominent Adam's apples... and thick facial features were incongruous (and would become more so as they aged)."

He and other doctors have noted that these men, prior to surgery "spent an unusual amount of time thinking and talking about sex and their sexual experiences---they were preoccupied with it."

He says, "This form of 'sexual misdirection' is termed 'autogynephilia'."

Dr. McHugh writes in his chapter on "surgical sex" that they saw 2 kinds of men who sought the surgeries.

One group consisted of guilt-ridden homosexual men who saw a sex change as a way to resolve their conflicts over homosexuality by allowing them to behave sexually as females with men, and the other group were men who became aroused by wearing women's clothing.

The doctor says, "We have wasted scientific and technical resources and damaged our professional credibility by collaborating with madness rather than trying to study, cure and ultimately prevent it."

From about 1975 into the 2000s, Johns Hopkins came to see the waste of scientific and technical resources and no longer would perform sex-change surgeries.

Nor would they direct resources toward preparing men, mostly, but some women as well, for the insurmountable challenges of becoming a faux man or faux woman.

John Hopkins---Dr. McHugh and his esteemed colleagues decided to no longer "collaborate with madness" but rather seek ways to help these very needy, broken individuals.

He says, "After the early major research was concluded, we at Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Department eventually concluded that human sexual identity is mostly built into our constitution by the genes we inherit and the embryogenesis we undergo."

McHugh says, "We psychiatrists would do better to concentrate on trying to fix their minds and not their genitalia."

The doctor says the transgender activists, now affiliated with the gay liberation movements, still argue that their members are entitled to whatever surgery they want, and their sexual dysphoria represents a true conception of their sexual identity."

He says, "One might expect that those who claim that sexual identity has no biological or physical basis would bring forth more evidence to persuade others. But as I've learned, there is a deep prejudice in favor of the idea that nature is highly malleable."

He says, "Dr. Victor Frankenstein thought that way. We know how that story ended."

Dr. McHugh is a major problem to homosexual activists on a number of fronts. He is regularly attacked by those activists, but McHugh has an audience because of his credentials.

McHugh is not, by his own testimony, an evangelical or activist, nor can he really be considered "right wing."

He told the New York Times back in 2002 that he is a "Catholic, a Democrat, politically liberal and culturally conservative---a believer in marriage and Marines, a supporter of institutions and family values."

The Wall Street Journal wrote a story based on his book which was published in 2006, back in 2012, then updated it and republished it again in 2014.

His work is now being widely circulated among conservative activist groups, some churches, and a growing number of college campuses---but not in the classroom.

McHugh's work and that of his colleagues not only undermines the current rush to insanity in the name of enlightenment and compassion by President Obama and the Progressive Left intent on remaking the country, but raises the question of why are we not providing real help for those who are gender confused.

There is help. Scientifically and spiritually.

Our prejudices are so great that we would rather "collaborate with madness" in the name of political correctness than offer legitimate help to those who are gender confused.

That in itself is its own kind of prejudice and bigotry, placing the "movement" over the individual.

Indeed, we do know the story of Dr. Victor Frankenstein. Dr. McHugh is right. Dr. Frankenstein did not end well.

As a boy, his interest in discovering the long-sought "elixir of life" led him into chemistry where he becomes obsessed with the idea of creating life in inanimate matter through artificial means.

Young Frankenstein creates a humanoid creature, that eventually begs him to create a female companion for him; Frankenstein agrees, but then realizes he has created a race of monsters, refuses and decides to destroy his creation.

Enraged, the creature swears revenge; he kills Frankenstein's best friend and promises Frankenstein "You have denied me my wedding night---I will be with you on yours."

On Frankenstein's wedding night, the "creature" appears and strangles Frankenstein's wife.

Frankenstein, wracked with guilt and despair, pursues his friend or "demon" as he calls him, for the rest of his life. In his pursuit, Frankenstein himself loses his life.

When the created shakes their fist in the face of the Creator, it never ends well.

It is written: "There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death" (Pr. 14:12).

It is also recorded in Luke 4:17-20.

"And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah.And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord."

Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him.

Then Jesus told the people: "Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."

Personal healing through the work and ministry of the Great Physician.

Be Whole. Be Blessed.