Friday, March 18, 2016

Scripture Over Science - The American College of Pediatricians

Religion belongs in a house of worship — not in the exam room where science should prevail

The conservative Christian organization, American College of Pediatricians, is out with a new “report” regarding transgender children. This should not be confused with the peer reviewed scientific research published by the American Academy of Pediatrics which is the real professional organization. Let us compare:

American College of Pediatricians American Academy of Pediatrics
Purpose Christian Organization Professional Organization
Membership 200 60,000
2014 Budget $333,580 $109,674,824
State Chapters 0 50
Other Designated anti-LGBT Hate Group

The report titled “Gender Ideology Harms Children” is conservative Christian propaganda. It is perhaps best summarized by this portion:
A person’s belief that he or she is something they are not is, at best, a sign of confused thinking. When an otherwise healthy biological boy believes he is a girl, or an otherwise healthy biological girl believes she is a boy, an objective psychological problem exists that lies in the mind not the body, and it should be treated as such. These children suffer from gender dysphoria. Gender dysphoria (GD), formerly listed as Gender Identity Disorder (GID), is a recognized mental disorder in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-V). The psychodynamic and social learning theories of GD/GID have never been disproved.
What they fail to mention is that the APA changed to gender dysphoria because being gender-nonconforming is no longer viewed as a disorder. Moreover, there is no peer reviewed research asserting that transgender people are merely confused.

Most importantly, the recommended treatment for gender dysphoria is not to attempt to change the child's feelings. Rather it is to help the child cope with any distress that those feeling may cause. The American Psychiatric Association recommends:
Parents may be concerned about a child who appears to be gender-nonconforming for a variety of reasons. Some children express a great deal of distress about their assigned sex at birth or the gender roles they are expected to follow. Some children experience difficult social interactions with peers and adults because of their gender expression. Parents may become concerned when what they believed to be a “phase” does not pass. Parents of gender-nonconforming children may need to work with schools and other institutions to address their children’s particular needs and ensure their children’s safety. It is helpful to consult with mental health and medical professionals familiar with gender issues in children to decide how to best address these concerns. It is not helpful to force the child to act in a more gender-conforming way. Peer support from other parents of gender-nonconforming children may also be helpful.
My advice to parents is to review your pediatrician's business card. If he or she is a member or fellow of the American College of Pediatrics then find another pediatrician. Religion belongs in a house of worship — not in the exam room where science should prevail.

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