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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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It’s an interesting question. I would focus on mitigating long term damage. Using certain pronouns or a name, hairstyles and fashion do not cause lasting changes but hormones and surgery do. So I would pick my battles with those in mind and try not to alienate the kiddo. I would think it would be important to listen actively to the kid and empathize their pain, but then to gently question on things and research other points of view together. I definitely think people are getting hypnotized but their screens. So a big aspect too would be helping the kid go outside, find a hobby and friends, and stay off the Internet.