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Transgender Identity Not Linked With Mental Illness

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Transgender identity is not, in fact, a mental illness, according to a new report from researchers at the Mexican National Institute of Psychiatry and the World Health Organization. Though the report confirms rationally self-evident data, the researchers discovered that any mental illness within their transgender test subjects was actually a byproduct of hatred and intolerance.

For the study the research team collected data on 250 trans adults in Mexico City. Statistical data proved that social rejection, violence and oppression were likely to cause a trans adult to experience depression and anxiety but this was also true for non-trans adults.

"Our findings support the idea that distress and dysfunction may be the result of stigmatization and maltreatment, rather than integral aspects of transgender identity," Rebeca Robles, a researcher at the Mexican National Institute of Psychiatry and the lead author of the study, said in a statement.

"This study highlights the need for policies and programs to reduce stigmatization and victimization of" people with transgender identities, Robles said. The removal of transgender diagnoses from the classification of mental disorders can be a useful part of those efforts," she said.

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