The American Journal of Psychiatry has notoriously caved to liberal pressure on important issues.
Recently, the journal was bullied into saying that “sex-change” surgeries were good for patients.
But a recent study of the biggest set of data available on the subject just exposed this lie.
Last fall, the American Journal of Psychiatry published a study analyzing a number of “transgender” patients who chose to undergo sex-reassignment surgery.
These patients, who felt they were born in the “wrong” body, made the radical decision to change their bodies.
The patients believed these dangerous surgeries would make their lives better.
And when the journal published the study, it claimed exactly that. The article “found the surgeries improved patients’ mental health” and advocated for more transgender-identifying individuals to get these surgeries.
The article’s authors celebrated their study as the “first total population study of transgender individuals with a gender incongruence diagnosis.”
They also said their results were proof of the benefits of providing “gender-affirming surgeries to transgender individuals who seek them.”
It’s just another step in the culture’s relentless march toward moral relativism.
But as it turned out, it was an utterly false claim!
In a stunning turn of events, the journal recently retracted the article, admitting that the findings were not true.
The authors didn’t comment on the retraction, but it quickly became clear that they had engineered the study’s results carefully to serve their own purposes.
“Human error is a possibility here,” said Dr. Ryan Anderson, a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation.
“But there’s also the possibility that there was a preferred outcome for the study. So that they wanted the study to say a certain thing.”
If this is true, it’s no surprise to those of us who have watched the LGBTQ agenda take over our country in the last several decades.
“Obviously, we don’t know in this particular instance whether this was just an honest mistake or if this was motivated research, motivated reasoning to lead to a certain conclusion,” Dr. Anderson added.
“[This] does show that the cultural moment in which we’re living suggests that there’s only one allowed conclusion to this question [of whether sex-change surgeries improve mental health].”
“And the only allowed conclusion is that transition is the best solution.”
Again, this is no surprise, considering what we know about the left’s agenda.
But as the journal finally admitted, a closer look at the study’s data revealed that sex-change surgeries provide no benefits at all to those who choose them.
“The biggest data set now shows…that there’s no benefits, psychological benefits to patients of hormonal and surgical transition,” Dr. Anderson said.
He urged those who are struggling with sex or gender identity to reconsider surgery and seek help from mental health professionals instead.
“What the science is showing is that hormonal-surgical transition doesn’t provide the promised wholeness and happiness patients are seeking,” he commented.
“So what we need to do is find ways to help patients feel comfortable in their own bodies. We need to be respectful. We need to be compassionate. We also need to be truthful.”
Doctors and psychiatrists do their patients a grave disservice when they offer sex-reassignment surgery as a way to feel better noted Dr. Anderson.
“We need to be helping patients who feel uncomfortable in their bodies to once again feel comfortable in their bodies. But not to radically transform their bodies, because that does not bring the lasting wholeness and happiness that they seek.”
It’s heartbreaking to imagine all the individuals who have undergone sex-change surgeries and now regret their decisions.
But even in the wake of this important news, the liberal media has refused to report on the truth according to Dr. Anderson.
“The media didn’t report on one of the main findings of the…study which was that hormonal transition showed no signs of [mental health] improvement,” he noted grimly. “They only reported on the [claim] that said surgery transition showed signs of improvement.”
“And now that claim has been retracted,” he said. Yet the media remains strangely silent.
It’s crucial that people across the country know about the true results of the study. The truth could protect vulnerable people from the manipulation of the LGBTQ agenda.
Please pray for the individuals who have chosen to undergo sex-change surgery. May they turn to God for help, fulfillment, and comfort, even after their mistakes.