Dan Delzell on Gender Dysphoria, Anorexia, and Intense Psychological Warfare

No one wakes up one day and chooses to have anorexia or gender dysphoria. And yet both of these deep-seated conditions produce intense psychological warfare for those who suffer from them. Much compassion and sensitivity is needed when assisting anyone in the midst of such a fierce internal battle.

Jena Morrow said something typical of those who suffer from anorexia: “I am forever engaged in a silent battle in my head over whether or not to lift the fork to my mouth, and when I talk myself into doing so, I taste only shame.”

Likewise, gender dysphoria produces an ongoing battle inside a person’s head. Jenny-Anne Bishop said, “I knew I was trans from about 3 or 4 years old.” When young children come under such severe psychological oppression, it becomes terribly challenging as they get older to happily embrace the biological reality of their body.

According to Psychology Today: “Gender dysphoria (formerly known as gender identity in the fourth version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Mental Disorders) is defined by strong, persistent feelings of identification with another gender and discomfort with one’s own assigned gender and sex.”

Gender dysphoria and anorexia produce fervent emotions, desires and perceptions, along with plenty of guilt, shame and confusion. The inner turmoil results in much misery.

Laurie Halse Anderson describes anorexia this way: “The only number that would ever be enough is 0. Zero pounds, zero life, size zero, double-zero, zero point.” Lynn Crilly writes, “Anorexia is not an illness of the body; it is an illness of the mind.”

What if in trying to relieve the anxious feelings caused by anorexia, a person chose to have liposuction in hopes of solving the problem? Would liposuction get to the root of the psychological issues weighing upon the individual’s heart and mind? Would it make the personal pain disappear, or would a surgical “quick fix” only make matters worse?

On one hand, it might make sense to an anorexic to opt for liposuction in an effort to become even thinner. But is it a wise approach? Could you in good conscience encourage a friend or relative with anorexia to undergo liposuction to help relieve their fear and anxiety? In contrast to such a drastic and unrealistic “solution” to anorexia, this eating disorder resource offers real hope and practical help.

Psychological warfare tends to be all-consuming, and it poses a grave threat to anyone who faces it on a daily basis. All of us are prone to making poor choices whenever mental stress and spiritual attacks heat up. Unfortunately, ill-advised decisions in the midst of hostile circumstances only exasperate our situation.

J. Fernandez writes, “I came out as a trans guy and transitioned. I took testosterone; I’ve had top surgery (chest reduction) and then a hysterectomy in 2015. The hormones and surgery is about aligning my body to what it should have been at birth. Being born with the correct parts would have made things easier.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Dan Delzell