2013

New medical treatments for transgender adolescents

Until recently, transgender adolescents were regarded as suffering from a primary psychiatric illness. They experienced extremely high incidence of self-harm and suicide, substance abuse, unemployment, family strife, and social discrimination. Early evaluation and prevention of the unwanted natal puberty in its earliest stages, with provision of sex hormones of the affirmed gender in mid-teenage has changed the outlook for the young adults who are the oldest cohort so treated. Dr. Norman Spack is a Pediatric Endocrinologist and founder of Boston Children's Hospital's GeMS Program, the first medical clinic for transgender adolescents in the USA. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)