Recent studies have shown an increase in depression and suicidality in transgender youth. To learn more about the mental health challenges affecting transgender youth and how clinicians can better support these patients, we interviewed Jason V. Lambrese, MD, staff child and adolescent psychiatrist at Cleveland Clinic’s Lakewood Family Health Canter in Lakewood, Ohio, and Ralph Vetters, MD, MPH, pediatrician and site medical director at the Sidney Borum Jr. Health Center, a program of Fenway Health in Boston.
With the number of studies reporting sexual orientation and gender identity disparities in mental health rising in the past 20 years, sexual and gender minority individuals have been found to be at a greater risk in accessing and maintaining good health than those identifying as heterosexual. Among the highest disparity are those related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use.
With the national Youth Risk Behavior Survey including questions since 2015 that assess sexual identity and the sex of respondents’ sexual contacts, this has provided the opportunity to assess longitudinal trends that can be generalized to high school students in the US.
Only 29 percent of children and adolescents with gender dysphoria receive a gender dysphoria-related diagnosis.
Karen Onel, MD, Nayimisha Balmuri, MD, and Jacob Spitznagle, MD, speak with us about the ethics of sex/gender assessment in a pediatric rheumatology population.
The researchers studied links between gender-affirming surgeries and mental health outcomes, including psychological distress, substance use, and suicide risk.
Overall, 9.2% of high school students report a gender-diverse identity, which is more prevalent among minorities than White students
The researchers’ objectives included determining the prevalence of nonsuicidal self-injuries in transgender patients with gender dysphoria and to discover the effect of parental support on these patients.
The initial aim of the Compassionate Home, Action Together (CHATogether) group was to use theater vignettes to promote emotional wellness in Asian American families.
The researchers’ goal was to assess eating disorder symptomatology in transgender populations as a function of gender affirmation (ie, hormone treatment or surgery) and health determinants (eg, anxiety, depression, and weight).