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The number of teenagers registered as girls at birth who have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria has increased by almost 1,500 percent in ten years in Sweden

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    HoolaBoola
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    I see so many people using this as an attack against trans people. "Over 40% of tr***ies attempt suicide, they're clearly insane." I see it the other way around: we attempt suicide because gender...

    But the report also shows widespread mental illness within the group, with the majority also being diagnosed with for example depression or anxiety, especially young people registered as girls at birth.

    Autism, self-harm and suicide attempts were also more common compared to the population as a whole, with people diagnosed with gender dysphoria running a higher risk of dying from suicide.

    I see so many people using this as an attack against trans people. "Over 40% of tr***ies attempt suicide, they're clearly insane."

    I see it the other way around: we attempt suicide because gender dysphoria, the constant hatred and bigotry, and just wanting to feel right make us feel like shit. At least for me it was that way. We aren't trans because we're crazy.

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    1. leigh
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      The advice that's often given (including by mental health authorities) is that support and acceptance from family and friends, and acceptance and use of a trans person's name and pronouns, are...

      The advice that's often given (including by mental health authorities) is that support and acceptance from family and friends, and acceptance and use of a trans person's name and pronouns, are protective factors against depression and suicide.

      If there's primary research supporting that correlation (I assume there is, but it's midnight here and I have work tomorrow so I'm resisting the urge to go find it), that'd lend strong support for your way of looking at it.

      Anecdotally, a lot of the depression and anxiety that's connected to transness for me personally is around acceptance, either directly or indirectly. (I was going to share specific examples but I won't, because unlike transness, depression and anxiety probably do have an element of social contagion to them.)

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