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I’m looking for examples for something I’m writing. Trans people are diagnosed as trans based on not much more than their say-so. There are no lab tests, MRIs, CT or X-rays to diagnose it. I don’t think there’s any other medical field in which they cut off your testicles, uterus or any other organ because of the patient’s decision alone.

You can rule out cosmetic surgeries as an example, because trans surgeries aren’t just cosmetics - a double mastectomy isn’t just a breast reduction, for example.

My understanding is that psychiatric surgeries have gone mostly out of style, and while might be performed in some countries still, they’re a very rare edge case.

Thanks.

I’m looking for examples for something I’m writing. Trans people are diagnosed as trans based on not much more than their say-so. There are no lab tests, MRIs, CT or X-rays to diagnose it. I don’t think there’s any other medical field in which they cut off your testicles, uterus or any other organ because of the patient’s decision alone. You can rule out cosmetic surgeries as an example, because trans surgeries aren’t just cosmetics - a double mastectomy isn’t just a breast reduction, for example. My understanding is that psychiatric surgeries have gone mostly out of style, and while might be performed in some countries still, they’re a very rare edge case. Thanks.

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And even then, the doctor can actually SEE a possible problematic mole.

So that’s not even on a patients say so.

[–] Sylvanas [OP] 5 points Edited

Yeah, you’re right. I think it’d be similar if a doctor agrees to diagnose a “mole” they cannot see, just to satisfy a neurotic customer.

I recently read about delusional parasitosis, a condition in which people believe their skin is infested with bugs that nobody can see. They’d pick their skin and cause sores, which only adds to their delusions. Doctors don’t tell them “yes, you’re right, you have termites, here’s pesticide” - they treat them with standard psychiatric methods. Trans might be the only invisible condition that gets this strange blind acceptance from the medical establishment.