Research finds no correlation between gender anxiety and suicide risk among Finnish youth

New Study Reveals Complex Relationship Between Sexual Anxiety, Suicide Risk and Mental Health in Young People Seeking Gender Identity Treatment

A recent study published in BMJ Mental Health has shed new light on the suicide risk related to sexual anxiety in young people seeking gender identity treatment. Conducted by a Finnish research group, the study focused on the suicide rates among young individuals who sought treatment for gender dysphoria at gender identity clinics. While suicides were rare, the study found that those with serious mental health problems were at a slightly higher risk compared to a control group.

The study, led by doctoral researcher Sami-Matti Ruuska from the University of Tampere, emphasized that psychiatric illness, rather than gender anxiety, was a significant factor in predicting suicidal mortality in young people. The study included individuals under 23 who sought gender identity assessment between 1996 and 2019, with a total of 2,083 participants. When mental health problems requiring specialized care were taken into account, the suicide risk did not significantly differ between those with gender anxiety and the control group.

The researchers also highlighted the importance of identifying and treating mental health disorders in young people as a crucial step in suicide prevention. They cautioned against rushing into transgender treatments solely based on the presence of suicidal thoughts, emphasizing the need for a comprehensive approach to mental health care.

Overall, the findings suggest that a deeper understanding of the factors contributing to suicide risk in young people with sexual anxiety is essential for effective prevention strategies. The study’s recommendations can help ensure that young people receive appropriate and effective care when seeking treatment for their mental health issues.

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