According to RT, doctors have discovered that the number of children wanting to switch sex’ is doubling each year in Sweden.
Louise Frisen, who is a child psychologist at the Astrid Lindgren Children’s Hospital, told Swedish daily Aftonbladet that last year 197 children wanted to undergo analysis to swap to the opposite sex.
“There’s a 100 percent increase in numbers each year,” said Frisen, before adding
“there [are] more and more young people, and more children coming at very young ages. The increase is identical on the adult side too.”
Cecilia Dhejne, chief of the gender identity investigation team at the Karolinska University Hospital, said that the increase in numbers reflected a “greater openness” in Swedish society.
“The problem in Sweden is that there is a long queue for people both for initiating an investigation into their gender identity and for the different stages of treatment across the country. It is worrying.” Dhejne claimed, adding “Having to go and wait aggravates the mental health of transgender people. You put the lives of young people on standby, and it’s not good,”
Not everyone in the medical field agrees that this is a positive change.
The American College of Pediatricians has urged legislators and healthcare professionals to remove all policies that makes it acceptable to condition children to think that “chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex.” is normal.
“Conditioning children into believing a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse,” the group explained in an open letter.
“Endorsing gender discordance as normal via public education and legal policies will confuse children and parents, leading more children to present to ‘gender clinics’ where they will be given puberty-blocking drugs,” the statement said. Which in return, could lead to “unnecessary surgical mutilation of their healthy body parts as young adults.”
The American College of Pediatricians also present the fact that “Rates of suicide are nearly twenty times greater among adults who use cross-sex hormones and undergo sex reassignment surgery, even in Sweden which is among the most LGBTQ – affirming countries.” adding that “According to the DSM-V, as many as 98% of gender confused boys and 88% of gender-confused girls eventually accept their biological sex after naturally passing through puberty.”
The group are not the only ones voicing their opinions about this subject.