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Transgender Mental Health

mental healthAnxiety, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Mood Disorder, Personality disorders, Eating disorders and Depression are all examples of mental health issues that around one in five Australians will experience at some point in their lives. Mental illnesses significantly affect how a person thinks, behaves and interacts with other people and can develop in many transgender and gender questioning people due to the prejudice and discrimination faced on a daily basis by many within our community.

The Mental Health section of the Gender Centre's website contains a number of articles about mental health in relation to transgender and gender questioning people and in time this section will also include other resources such as books, book reviews, research papers, videos, links to other mental health related services and more. The articles below are just a few of the articles currently on the Mental Health page of this website.

APPARENTLY OUR MERE EXISTENCE IS AMUSING

Article appeared in Polare 34, December 1999

Barely a week goes by without a newspaper article or television show making fun of transsexuals. Apparently our mere existence is amusing in its own right. It seems that when trans-anything is concerned even the most respected journalists become tabloid journalists ...

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE

Article appeared in Polare 104, August 2015

Acomparison of psychological services available to Intersex, Trans and Gender Diverse people in regards to a physical transition in Australia ...

THE CATCH 22 OF TRANSGENDER

Article appeared in Polare 63, May 2005

Transgender has its own built in Catch 22. You need very high self-esteem to successfully deal with being transgendered, but simply being transgendered is one of the great forces sapping your self-esteem. But don't despair! Julie has discovered a loophole. ...

PSYCHOLOGICAL AND MEDICAL HEALTH AND LIFESTYLE

Article appeared in Polare 23, February 1998

Stress and the Transgendered Community was a paper presented at the first National L.G.B.T. Health Conference, Health in Difference in 1996. In this paper, Lana Barlow focuses on the combination of a trans person's psychological and medical health and their lifestyle ...

A PAINFUL REALITY

Article appeared in Polare 39, October 2000

The suicide rate among the transgender community is unacceptably high and reflects the many difficulties that we face. Sarah has lived with the idea of suicide since she was eight and suggests that she can understand some of the problems and reasons for its cause ...

A PERSONAL STORY

Article appeared in Polare 32, August 1999

Scott Abraham is an incest survivor, or is he? Unsure where the dividing line is between victim and survivor, if it truly exists at all, Scott seeks to clarify this and is also uncomfortable with the definitions of therapists and counsellors, however well intentioned ...

Article appeared in Polare 104, August 2015

Being overwhelmed by love - the beautiful terror - beautiful because we are being accepted for who we are, terrifying because we've experienced isolation and loneliness ...

SEX ADDICTION

Article appeared in Polare 97, October 2013

One of our society's less frequently discussed topics, yet one that nevertheless afflicts an increasing number of people, is sex addiction. That this topic is not discussed often is indicative of a society where sexuality is often associated with feelings of shame despite its being a fundamental aspect of the human experience. Anthony Carlino discusses sex addiction ... 

A CRITIQUE OF THE PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE WAY THAT TRANSSEXUALISM IS CLASSIFIED

Article appeared in Polare 86, January 2011

Jessica Williams provides an in-depth critique of the proposed changes to the way that transsexualism is classified in the D.S.M. and the significant differences from the previous edition including changes in terminology and a separate set of criteria for children ... 

A HANDBOOK FOR FAMILIES AND PROFESSIONALS

Article appeared in Polare 83, April 2010

There is certainly much in this book, The Transgendered Child by Stephanie Brill and Rachel Pepper, that could help the families of children with sex and gender diverse identities, particularly with the devastating effects of prejudice from relatives and classmates ... 

A HANDBOOK FOR FAMILIES AND PROFESSIONALS

Article appeared in Polare 79, April 2009

Stephanie Brill and Rachel Pepper have successfully created a guidebook for any family with a gender-variant child and also provided some essential, yet basic information for professionals who find themselves working with gender-variant children and/or their families ...

LEAVING ADULT SURVIVORS LIVING WITH DEPRESSION

Article appeared in Polare 92, July 2012

Gender Centre Counsellor, Anthony Carlino, revisits the issue of adults who grow up in narcissistic families often finding themselves living with a lack of satisfaction and depression that they find particularly difficult to explain to a counsellor or therapist ... 

 
 
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