Gender: A Wider Lens
Gender: A Wider Lens
34 - Gender Dysphoria & Suicide

34 - Gender Dysphoria & Suicide


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Sasha and Stella tackle the complex subject of suicide. They reflect on the many emotional and relational difficulties involved and parse out the differences between suicide risk and suicidal ideation. While terrifying, it sometimes offers an escape fantasy and desire for control, making suicide an existential issue. Furthermore, they point to the stark lack of data available relating to gender dysphoria and suicidality and discuss how the fear of suicide is used against families wishing to safeguard their children.   

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Extended Notes

  • This episode might be triggering, but it’s about suicide and understanding the psychology of it.

  • Suicide is so common in certain groups, yet it is also very misunderstood and misrepresented at the same time.

  • When Robin Williams committed suicide, the way the media and news reported on it was very poor.

  • “What’s the point of talking about it anymore? John’s gone.”

  • Suicide is a difficult burden on parents, loved ones, siblings, everyone is deeply affected by suicide.

  • There are no data available that suggests transitioning will reduce suicide rates and suicidal thoughts.

  • 40% of transgender teens have self-reported they’ve attempted suicide. How true is this, really?

  • Thinking about killing yourself and attempting to kill yourself are two different things. Sasha clarifies what this means.

  • A highly suicidal person has A LOT going on. It’s not just one reason why they decide to end their life.

  • Stella hears how high the stats are, but there’s much more to the story. You have to dig deeper.

  • Courts in England and Wales deemed that children under 16 would first need court approval before they could have access to puberty blockers.

  • The last thing you want a young person to experience is going in and out of mental health hospitals.

  • Stella has noticed that a lot of high-risk individuals for suicide are very existential and philosophical people.

  • There are so many beautiful things you miss out on when you end your own life.

  • There’s a great future ahead of you.

  • Some people are thinking about the fantasy of suicide, but have no intentions of carrying it out.

  • How can parents help their young teens reconnect socially again?

  • When you’re in a dark space, you push people away. This is why it’s important for loved ones that if you have someone pushing you away, you override that and do something fun with them anyway.

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Gender: A Wider Lens
Gender: A Wider Lens
Therapists Stella O’Malley and Sasha Ayad explore diverse perspectives through a psychological lens, fostering open dialogue on gender identity, transition, and the transgender umbrella. Their work with gender dysphoric clients and unique experiences yield an informed outlook delving into gender's psychological nuances. Interviews with clinicians, academics, transgender individuals, parents, detransitioners, and others touched by gender provide varied insights and intimate inquiry into the taboo yet relevant topic.