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Hey all,

I was thinking about this earlier when I remembered the tragic Leela Alcorn story. What do you think are the best ways to help children/teens with dysphoria or what do you think the best path would have been for you?

Obviously the system at the moment is very much broken, but I think with all the cries to abolish surgeries and hormones we need to be sure what is going to be put in place in its stead. A lot of trans identified teens aren’t going to want to go to therapy or try to embrace their birth sex, and therapy is not very effective if the patient doesn’t cooperate, but perhaps it could be coupled with other approaches?

What do you all think?

Hey all, I was thinking about this earlier when I remembered the tragic Leela Alcorn story. What do you think are the best ways to help children/teens with dysphoria or what do you think the best path would have been for you? Obviously the system at the moment is very much broken, but I think with all the cries to abolish surgeries and hormones we need to be sure what is going to be put in place in its stead. A lot of trans identified teens aren’t going to want to go to therapy or try to embrace their birth sex, and therapy is not very effective if the patient doesn’t cooperate, but perhaps it could be coupled with other approaches? What do you all think?

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I apologize, I forget her last name, but her first name is Sidney? She’s a detrans woman and her story I think is really interesting. Her mom got her away from the devices and the internet and got her into a program working with horses. She says this helped her get out of her own head. I think this is really important. So much of the dysphoria/trans identity stuff is this constant navel gazing and almost self obsession. I hate saying it like that, but kids are kind of obsessed with themselves. They can’t help it, their brains are underdeveloped. Anyway, I think therapy is important too, of course, but so is finding them real hobbies and interests outside of “being trans.” Finding more productive ways to dedicate your time and energy is honestly pretty positive for most people.

I don’t have kids, but that’s what I would probably want to do. Encourage interests and skills and discourage the internet in general. At least if they do decide to transition as adults, that won’t be all they are.