“Concentrate on trying to fix their minds and not their genitalia”

anorexia girlThe Dominion Post and NewsHub lead with interesting research on the world’s largest-ever study into which genes cause anorexia nervosa.

The quotes are significant:

“The illness has the highest death rate of any psychiatric disorder,..
“These alarming statistics warrant further understanding of the genetic influences underpinning this illness.
“…release of a new study which has found strong genetic links between the illness and suicide, which accounts for 20 percent of anorexia-related deaths.
“…It will enable us to work towards a greater understanding of, and ultimately improved treatments for, the illness
“It’s trying to escape from the pain of life . . . but it’s a cry for help too.”
Dr Paul McHugh – the long celebrated and retired psychiatrist-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital who shut down the practice of many foundationless therapies including gender reassignment surgery – likens gender identity disorder to such body dysmorphic disorders such as anorexia where some girls believe they are overweight when they are actually life- threateningly underweight.
Both are not a disorder of the body, but of the mind.
He said – “We psychiatrists would do better to concentrate on trying to fix their minds and not their genitalia.”
And there’s the real solution.