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New Study Dispels Harmful Gender Dysphoria Myth

A first-of-its-kind study by Schulich Medicine & Dentistry researchers dispels a controversial gender dysphoria theory that experts have called inaccurate and harmful to transgender people. Greta Bauer, PhD, and her team at Trans Youth CAN! found no evidence in a recent study to support the idea of rapid onset gender dysphoria (ROGD) – a proposed condition often used as an argument against providing gender-affirming medical care to young people. Bauer hopes her recent findings help dispel misconceptions around youth identifying as trans and seeking gender-affirming medical care. “The benefits of being able to start treatment at a younger age are substantial, it has a lot of advantages,” Bauer said. “We hope that by identifying and intervening at a younger age, we can prevent some of the mental health challenges we see in the adult trans community.”

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