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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.

WHEN THE NEEDS OF THE PARENTS CAME BEFORE THE NEEDS OF THE CHILD

Article appeared in Polare 89, October 2011

Gender Centre Counsellor Anthony Carlino scratches the surface of the seemingly functioning, healthy family and reveals the emotional repression that exists in a narcissistic family, a family where the needs of the parents come before the needs of the child ... 

THERAPEUTIC GUIDELINES FOR WORKING WITH GENDER-VARIANT PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES

Article appeared in Polare 72, July 2007

Willow Arune reports that Transgender Emergence by Arlene Istar Lev is a very lucid and thickly packed book that should be on your therapist's shelf, and yours as well if you wish to understand this strange drive shared by those who are transgender and gender variant. ...

by Arlene Istar

Published by Haworth Clinical Practice Press (2004)
I.S.B.N.-13 978 0789007087

Transsexuals are unique in the Rainbow. They must, as part of their search for identity, seek out medical intervention in the form of therapy and surgery. For most transsexuals, this search is not done in the wilderness. As a group, one distinguishing feature of transsexual patients is that they know their material. Fully 80 percent, perhaps more, have read much and some all of the professional information available. Many know more than those that treat them. It is a situation of self-diagnosis followed by confirmation by professionals.

THERAPEUTIC GUIDELINES FOR WORKING WITH GENDER-VARIANT PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES

Article appeared in Polare 60, November 2004

Little doubt exists that many services offered to the sex and gender diverse over the past forty years have been abusive and disempowering to clients.Author and Social Worker Arlene Istar Lev gives this review of the state of treatment of the sex and gender diverse ... 

SOME INDIVIDUALS ALLOW THEMSELVES TO SUFFER TREMENDOUS PAIN

Article appeared in Polare 29, February 1999

Depression is the leading health issue in transgender and non-transgender populations, yet sufferers are unlikely to seek treatment which is tragic because depression is one of the best understood mental illnesses, with recognizable symptoms and effective interventions ... 

GO BEYOND BLUE

Article appeared in Polare 95, April 2013

National depression and anxiety organisation, Beyond Blue, have produced this fact sheet which has been compiled specifically for depression and anxiety issues that concern transgender and intersex people ...

CHILDHOOD EMOTIONAL ABUSE ... IF IT HAPPENED TO YOU - THERE IS A WAY OUT

Article appeared in Polare 20, August 1997

Of all forms of child abuse, emotional abuse may be the cruellest and longest-lasting of all. Emotional abuse is the most pervasive and the least understood form of child maltreatment, yet the pain and torment of those who experience emotional abuse is often trivialized ...

 
 
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