After all the favorable publicity in the US about children "needing" sex change treatment, it's refreshing to read that it is not "happily ever after." This young person made the decision at age 16-17 to start the transition, and now regrets it only one year later. She has cancelled the operation scheduled for January and halted the hormone treatments.
She (or he) confirms the point I made in my book, Paper Genders. The brain hasn't matured enough to make this decision until the person reaches their mid-20s. So why would we encourage anyone younger to undergo "treatments" with such long-term consequences?
The following is an excerpt from the article (Oct. 29, 2012):
Although Ms Cooper underwent a thorough psychological assessment and counseling at Hull Royal Infirmary prior to starting her sex change therapy she has suffered such torment living as a women that she has tried to commit suicide twice.
She told told the Sunday Mirror: ‘The hormones have made me feel up and down. One minute I feel moody and the next minute I feel really happy.’
‘The night I tried to slash my wrists I’d downed a bottle of Jack Daniel’s and just thought about how alone I am, and how my decision has alienated my family and how I will have to become a boy again to resolve it.’
You can read the entire article here: Daily Mail