Johns Hopkins Psychiatrist: Transgender is ‘Mental Disorder;’ Sex Change ‘Biologically Impossible’

( — Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, said that transgenderism 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.

Dr. McHugh, the author of six books and at least 125 peer-reviewed medical articles, made his remarks in a recent commentary in the Wall Street Journal, where he explained that transgender surgery is not the solution for people who suffer a “disorder of ‘assumption’” – the notion that their maleness or femaleness is different than what nature assigned to them biologically.

He also reported on a new study showing that the suicide rate among transgendered people who had reassignment surgery is 20 times higher than the suicide rate among non-transgender people. Dr. McHugh further noted studies from Vanderbilt University and London’s Portman Clinic of children who had expressed transgender feelings but for whom, over time, 70%-80% “spontaneously lost those feelings.”

  • David Murrell

    Wonder how long the good medical professor will keep his professor’s chair at John Hopkins Two months max.

    • Alain

      Indeed, how dare he speak truth and facts. The average person with a modicum of common sense already knew it was a mental disorder while governments at all levels bought the crock.

    • Exile1981

      How long till a far left nutter tries to kill him?

    • Mr_bigstuff

      I agree with him however you are correct – This is the end of his career- I bet he is forced to apologize to some offended LGBT or whatever group-
      I also believe being queer is a mental disorder – One only has to look at Wynn and Smitherman for proof – And the loonies parading down Yonge street with their giggly pins hanging out on pride day – Notice how they play down GAY pride lately-This once great country is doomed

    • Minicapt

      “In 1979, in his capacity as chair of the Department of Psychiatry, McHugh ended gender assignment surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital.”


  • DMB

    In Ontario the doctor would be criminally charged if he encouraged minors from proceeding with a sex change or attempt to treat there mental disorder.

    • Frances

      Will this still be true in the near future given the new sex ed curriculum coming down the pike?

  • Martin B

    Dr. McHugh has balls (in both senses of the word).

  • Mojo1961

    “20 times the suicide rate”, good. Give them the surgery and the world will be rid of these freaks in record time. And make them pay for it on their own dime.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The politicians who pander to them are mentally ill themselves.

  • Alleena

    He is 83+ and probably at least semi-retired. At that point, you can speak you mind and not worry about your career.

  • cmh

    of course it’s a mental disorder. so is homosexuality.