10 thoughts on “Jerrold S. Olshan, MD (US)

  1. Gender identity disorder became a big thing right after homosexuality was removed from the DSM. Insurance companies will only pay for disorders listed in the DSM, and those doctors had to make up that lost income somehow. Despicable.

  2. It’s about creating a demand and then filing it. According to Forbes, orthopedic surgeons and heart surgeons are the highest paid medical specialties. Psychiatry and endocrinology aren’t even listed in the top ten. General surgeons can make more money than psychiatrists and endocrinologists. “Gender identity” in children is a cash cow for medical specialties that aren’t among the highest paid medical specialties. The GnRH agonists (puberty suppression) are very expensive and all the blood work is even more money. Puberty suppression (GnRH agonists) are often followed by cross gender hormones which are basically taken for life. So, they have a patient for life. There is a reason why endocrinologists are eager to buy into “gender identity” in children.

    http://www.forbes.com/pictures/efkk45eldej/no-10-general-surgery/

    When people think of it, it really is strange in a twisted and perverse kind of way. How did psychiatry and psychology get involved in endocrinology and vice versa? Twenty years ago, no one could have predicted this unusual and mutually beneficial relationship. Physically, endocrinologists must know that these “gender dysphoric” 11, 12, and 13 year old children have perfectly normal endocrine systems. There is nothing medically wrong with them. So, endocrinologists are treating physically healthy children and it’s all based on a psychological diagnoses/culturally defined term called “gender identity”. What happens if the “diagnosis” is wrong, or children change their minds?

    “The child may see a doctor, but there is no medical intervention until the first signs of puberty. At that point, he or she is put on hormone blockers to stop puberty. Then, between the ages of 13 and 16, doctors will begin hormone therapy with testosterone or estrogen. All the while, the patient is meeting with a psychiatrist and social worker.”

    I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating. Sterilizing children is a human rights abuse.

    Treatment with puberty delaying drugs leads to sterilization if it is followed with the administration of cross sex hormones at 16 years, as the Brill and Pepper handbook on “transgender” children (2008), explains, “the choice to progress from GnRH inhibitors to estrogen without fully experiencing male puberty should be viewed as giving up one’s fertility, and the family and child should be counseled accordingly” (Brill & Pepper, 2008, p. 216). For girls, sterilization is the outcome too, because “eggs do not mature until the body goes through puberty” (Brill & Pepper, 2008, p. 216).

    Do parents have the right to compromise the future fertility of their children? This could be construed as a human rights violation.

    Deliberate delaying a normal part of human development, adolescence, because of what basically amounts to a questionable psychiatric diagnosis in healthy children assumes all the following:

    (a.) The diagnosis of “gender dysphoria” is correct to being with, and there isn’t something else going on in the child’s life.

    (b.) The child is completely free from any parental, peer, or cultural influences. How much is “gender dysphoria” in a 12 year old child, and how do we separate this from everything the parents read on transgender websites and blogs? How much is actual “gender dysphoria” or GID and how much is parental discomfort at having a child that doesn’t fit neatly into sex based gender roles?

    (c.) Children have the mental capacity to make informed decisions.

    It’s a scientific fact that the pre-frontal cortex of the human brain which is sometimes called the judgment center of the brain isn’t fully developed until the early to mid-twenties.

    The prefrontal cortex, the part of the frontal lobes lying just behind the forehead, is often referred to as the “CEO of the brain.” This brain region is responsible for cognitive analysis and abstract thought, and the moderation of “correct” behavior in social situations. The prefrontal cortex takes in information from all of the senses and orchestrates thoughts and actions to achieve specific goals. This brain region gives an individual the capacity to exercise “good judgment” when presented with difficult life situations.

    These children might feel different because adolescence is a tumultuous time for all children, but this doesn’t mean that they have the maturity or judgment to make informed decisions. We don’t let children vote, buy alcohol, or take out bank loans, but they are supposedly mature enough to willingly give up their fertility.

    In addition to fertility issues, do people really know the long term effects of these drugs on children?

    • It’s not the parents deciding to give up the child’s fertility. They do have to sign off on it, but ultimately it’s a choice made by the child. Important decisions are allowed to be made by children according to age across the board. A five year old doesn’t get much choice in anything, but by 16 they’re given the freedom to choose which parent to live with in a custody dispute and they’re legally capable of working essentially full time hours.

      You haven’t gone through gender dysphoria, but it is actually rather hard for most people to get medical intervention. I would assume/hope that the puberty blockers are a lot easier to get a prescription for, since they don’t do anything permanent, but the children that are being treated for gender dysphoria have been telling their family and doctors, consistently, that they are the gender they identify with. I haven’t heard of any case where a parent has told their child they were trans and forced treatment on them. In fact, a child in that situation would be stopped by the gatekeepers from getting any medical treatment anyway since the individual has to be consistent and sure of their decision. And actually, most parents or family members would rather the person be gay than be trans. It’s “easier” to be gay and comes with a lot less pain, and family tends to want their loved ones to not go through that pain.

  3. “Being transgender isn’t just a state of mind, it is a diagnosed medical condition called
    Gender Dysphoria”

    “Gender Dysphoria” in 5, 6, and 7 year old children is not a “medical condition”. In reality, in young children, it’s more likely that parents and adults are projecting their particular views of “gender” (what our culture says is “feminine” and “masculine”) on children.

    “Treatment of extremely gender variant children will continue to remain controversial since some underlying assumptions of the clinicians are a matter of opinion rather than of empirical data and empirical studies (e.g., clinical trials with random treatment assignment) are neither feasible nor ethical. I wish to conclude by raising some points for the clinicians treating these children to consider:

    (1.) There is no empirical evidence (i.e., controlled study) demonstrating that discouraging childhood cross-gender interests reduces the frequency of persistence into adolescence and adulthood.

    (2.) Since no clinician can accurately predict the future gender identity of any particular child, efforts to discourage cross-gender identifications may be experienced as hurtful and possibly even traumatic by children who do persist into adolescence and adulthood.

    (3.) There is no empirical evidence demonstrating that a prepubescent child who is permitted to transition gender role but then desists can simply and harmlessly transition back to the natal gender.”

    (4.) Since no clinician can accurately predict the future gender identity of any particular child, efforts to encourage public early childhood cross-gender roles may be experienced as hurtful and possibly even traumatic by children who do not persist into adolescence and adulthood.”

    http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/lgbt.2013.1500

    Does this sound confusing? Who can we make heads or tails of it? Persisters, or children who don’t outgrow gender dysphoria, might experience hurtful feelings and trauma if people try to change cross-gender behaviors. On the other hand, desisters, or children who outgrow their gender dysphoria, might be traumatized by efforts to encourage public early childhood cross-gender roles. That is, a male child who was referred to as “she” for years is now confused and hurt once he goes back to identifying as a boy. Moreover, there is no empirical evidence that says that transitioning back to the sex one is born into is easy and doesn’t come with its own challenges. How will the ten year old boy who identifies as a girl feel when he is eighteen? No one knows for sure.

    According to, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18981931

    “Most children with gender dysphoria will not remain gender dysphoric after puberty. Children with persistent GID are characterized by more extreme gender dysphoria in childhood than children with desisting gender dysphoria. With regard to sexual orientation, the most likely outcome of childhood GID is homosexuality or bisexuality.”

    “When you talk to these kids as adults they will say frequently, ‘I’ve known since I was four I was in the wrong body. I was born, they wanted me to be a boy, I just I knew I was a girl'” Olshan told NEWS CENTER.

    How does a four year old child know that he or she “in the wrong body”?

    “So why does all of this matter to physicians? Doctor Orsham says he started treated transgender childen because of their extremely high mortality rate. A recent study of trans youth in New York City found that 46% of them had considered suicide, and 25% of them had attempted it.”

    What study are they referring to? Any kid that is different is going to feel depressed. Gay and lesbian teenagers have high rates of depression and suicide too. Let’s drug and sterilize them and mutilate their genitals. Wait, they do this in Iran. The dorky looking nerd is teased and feels depressed because he doesn’t like sports like other boys and looks a little too effeminate. Let’s drug and sterilize him too.

    Instead of drugging children and sterilizing them, why not create a world where it’s okay to be a kid and be different.

    • Suicide and depression rates are shown by many studies to be higher in trans people than rates in the LGB community or the general population. Pretty sure there are also studies showing reduced rates after transition and medical intervention.

      • Nope http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0016885

        “Persons with transsexualism, after sex reassignment, have considerably higher risks for mortality, suicidal behaviour, and psychiatric morbidity than the general population. Our findings suggest that sex reassignment, although alleviating gender dysphoria, may not suffice as treatment for transsexualism, and should inspire improved psychiatric and somatic care after sex reassignment for this patient group.”

        Also, most studies that have looked at suicidal ideation have failed to consider how being female in a woman-hating culture makes women/girls consider or attempt suicide.

  4. Wait 10 to 15 years and see the lawsuits from the drugged, damaged, and infertile adults.

  5. Has anyone started petitioning/lobbying cosmetic/surgical associations/unions and accusing them of child abuse?

  6. “You are failing as a parent if you let your child make a decision about their health.”

    Children do not have the mental capacity to make informed decisions. This is being done to children.

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