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Gender non-conformity and mental health

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Recent evidence suggests that far more adolescents are unhappy with their biological gender than we ever thought in the past. We also know that transgender adults have disturbingly high levels of mental illness and damaging substance abuse, perhaps because of their perceived torment of being ‘born into the wrong body’. So to what extent do such feelings affect the mental health of teenagers?

Coincidentally, two US studies have come to much the same conclusions: that adolescents with gender identity issues have poorer mental health. The first was a secondary analysis of data from the US-wide …

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