Pre-Treatment Mental Health Assessment of Trans People ‘Dehumanizing’ and ‘Unjustified’

April 17, 2019

(Eurekalert) – Doctors should ditch the requirement for a mental health assessment of transgender teens and adults before prescribing them hormone treatment, argues an activist and bioethicist, drawing on their own personal experience in the Journal of Medical Ethics. The practice is dehumanising, unjustified, and turns the process of transformation into the treatment of a mental illness, says Florence Ashley of McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

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