March 3, 2020
A woman given gender reassignment therapy as a teen is suing the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust for having “rushed” her into the treatment.
“I wanted to go onto the medical pathway as soon as possible, I was very eager and I was very reluctant about speaking to anyone who would possibly get in the way of that,” Keira Bell explained to Sky News.
But after being “rushed” into gender reassignment after “roughly three” short sessions with “no real investigation” into any other underlying mental health problems, she came to realise she was not a boy “born in the wrong body” after all, and that her gender identity crisis had only been a “coping mechanism” for deeper issues.
“I just realised that it hadn’t worked after a few years,” she recalled.
“I just went into like a menopause-like state and everything just kind of shut down.
“I felt drained and tired and had nothing but negative effects from it really, I didn’t have a good experience with it at all.
“I think the depression kicked in a bit more because I was without any hormones in my body, especially at such a young age when it’s supposed to be at such a peak.
“It’s very detrimental to someone and the psychological and the brain effects I think are completely understudied as well,” she said.
This article was posted: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 7:14 am