January 22, 2017
A mental illness may be the result of almost anything. It could stem from a traumatic experience from one’s childhood, from war or they could very well be born with a mental illness. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Mental illness refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior. Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviors” (Foundation, 2017).
For generations now, returning service members have been diagnosed with a mental illness as a result of war. According to a Time Magazine article, “…about one third of returning veterans seen at V.A. facilities were diagnosed with mental illness or a psycho-social disorder” (Wallis, 2007). Furthermore, in an article from Occupy Corporatism, “In a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, collaborating with the VA Medical Center, veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq were determined to be mentally or psychologically ill” (Posel, 2013). For this, many veterans have lost their second amendment rights. They have been frowned upon and deemed to be domestic terrorists.
Now let us take a look at the trans-gendered issue.
There are some of the restrictions in joining any branch of our military. According to Military.com, “Personality, conduct, or behavior disorders, antisocial attitudes or behavior… are tangible evidence of impaired capacity to adapt to military service.” Other factors that are mentioned are behavior disorders where it is evident by history, interview, or psychological testing that the degree of immaturity, instability, personality inadequacy, impulsiveness, or dependency will seriously interfere with adjustment in the Army as demonstrated by repeated inability to maintain reasonable adjustment in school, with employers and fellow workers, and with other social groups.
Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry clearly states, “Trans-genderism is a “mental disorder” that merits treatment; that sex change is “biologically impossible,” and that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating with and promoting a mental disorder” (Chapman, 2015). What’s more, in an article from the Washington Post about mental illness within the trans-gendered community, “We found distress and dysfunction were very powerfully predicted by the experiences of social rejection or violence that people had” (Love, 2016).
Furthermore, Austen Hartke from The Salt Collective states, “The word “dysphoria” means a sense of restlessness, anxiety, dissonance, or distress, and is the linguistic opposite of a sense of euphoria. Trans people experience this sense of distress when they contemplate the difference between the reality of their body or their social presentation, and the way they believe their body or presentation should be in order to accurately align with their sense of self.”
So according to my research, there is a set of “mental” criteria in order to join our military. However, it is clear that the trans-gendered have a mental disorder and therefore should not even be allowed to join our military to begin with and if they decide in wanting a reassignment surgery while they are serving, it warrants a dishonorable discharge. There have been many cases within our military, that our tax dollars fund the reassignment surgeries for them. “The U.S. military will pay for gender reassignment surgery for transgender soldiers, a program that could cost up to $8.4 million a year” (News, 2016).
So in all essence, our government purposely sends our men and women to battle over political issues only to return home with a mental disorder as a result from war and they are demonized. However, this same government promotes the mental disorder of the trans-gendered community to enter our military and our taxes fund it.
This is an utter disgrace to our service members.
Chapman, M. W. (2015, June 2). Johns Hopkins Psychiatrist: Transgender is ‘Mental Disorder;' Sex Change ‘Biologically Impossible’. Retrieved January 22, 2017, from CNS News: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/michael-w-chapman/johns-hopkins-psychiatrist-transgender-mental-disorder-sex-change
Foundation, M. (2017). Mental Illness. Retrieved January 22, 2017, from The Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/mental-illness/basics/definition/con-20033813
Love, S. (2016, July 28). The WHO says being transgender is a mental illness. But that’s about to change.Retrieved January 22, 2017, from The Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/07/28/the-w-h-o-says-being-transgender-is-a-mental-illness-but-thats-about-to-change/?utm_term=.16963cc7680e
News, C. (2016, October 3). Starting Monday, the military begins paying for gender reassignment surgery for soldiers. Retrieved January 22, 2017, from Circa: http://circa.com/politics/issues/us-government-will-pay-for-soldiers-gender-reassignment-surgery
Posel, S. (2013, May 31). US Veterans Forcibly Sequestered in Mental Hospitals is Indefinite Detention. Retrieved January 22, 2017, from Susanne Posel - Investigative Headline News: https://www.occupycorporatism.com/us-veterans-forcibly-sequestered-in-mental-hospitals-is-indefinite-detention/
Wallis, C. (2007, March 12). Casualty of War: Mental Health. Retrieved January 22, 2017, from Time: http://content.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1598474,00.html