Transgender Youth Diagnosed More Often as Mentally Ill

We know that transgender and gender non-conforming people are at an increased risk of many things, including discrimination and violence. And the same is true for transgender and gender non-conforming young people. Past research has shown that this bias can lead to higher rates of mental illness among transgender students compared to their cisgender peers.

A new Kaiser Permanente study takes a sweeping look at the issue, examining data from a large cohort of youth ages 3 to 17. And what the researchers found only confirms previous analyses: Transgender children are more frequently diagnosed with mental health conditions than their peers.

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