ATLANTA — Children and teens who identify as transgender or gender non-conforming are more likely to be diagnosed with mental health woes, HealthDay reports citing new data published in the April edition of the journal Pediatrics.
In the study, the overall rate of mental health conditions in transgender and gender non-conforming youth was three-13 times higher than in those whose gender matched the one they had at birth.
The study authors found that depression rates were 49 percent in young trans women and 62 percent in young trans men. Those depression rates were four-seven times higher than they were in typical youth, researchers said.
The rates of attention-deficit disorder were 15 percent for trans women and 16 percent for trans men. Those numbers were three-seven times higher than for the matched group of typical kids and teens, the findings showed.
The researchers used electronic medical records to identify almost 600 trans girls and nearly 750 trans boys and teens who had been seen at Kaiser Permanente sites in California or in Georgia. There was also an age-matched typical youth group, for comparison.
A second study in the same issue of the journal looked at almost 82,000 high school students in Minnesota in 2016. The researchers searched for experiences of childhood adversity. Then the information was sorted by sexual and gender identity.
The study found that, compared to straight teens, those who were LGBT were much more likely to experience physical abuse or witness domestic violence.