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Buddy, for what it's worth, I'm real proud of you. It takes guts to talk so openly about something like this, especially in an environment like this.
And, as a psych student with a vested interest in this topic, I'd just like to add that I'm actually not sure this would classify as a mental illness. It's unusual, to be sure, but not to the point somebody is a threat to others, at least in most cases.
I've actually always wanted to study the brain of a transgender person; a true transgender person at least, not the tumblr pseudobreed. Nothing invasive, of course, I'm just curious whether the same physiology and anatomy apply as with a person of their same sex, or whether it's more similar to that of a person of their perceived gender. I dunno, it might just be the sociopath in me talking, but I often helped out at a local medical college's amphitheater in order to study the bodies, and the idea of acquiring bew and valuable info about a maligned, misunderstood, and unstudied phenomenon such as this, with so much potential knowledge about how we function, who we are, whether biology shackles or defines us...I practically drool at the thought.
Look, bottom line is, I fully approve about the way you wish to live your life. The search for happiness is something we should all have the option to pursue. And if the ramble up there offended you in some way I am very sorry. It was not my intention to do so.
I'm actually very curious (yeah, who could tell, am I right?) about your experiences given this situation. I'm willing to listen if you want to talk about them. If not, that is also understandable, as I am just a random anon, and possibly not trustworthy. One way or the other, I assure you as best as possible I fully support the pursuit of your happiness, and hope for the best for you.
It's been done!
Quote from behind the paywall, if your university does not have access to it:
"After the treatment period, oestradiol levels were increased in MtF individuals, whereas levels of testosterone and progesterone were decreased. Conversely, in FtM individuals, levels of oestradiol and progesterone were decreased, whereas testosterone levels increased markedly. Analysis of brain structures revealed volume changes predominantly in MtF individuals, particularly in the hippocampus — a region involved in neurogenesis and neuronal plasticity. Specifically, oestradiol plus anti-androgen treatment reduced hippocampal volume in MtF individuals, which was accompanied by a global increase in ventricular structures. Moreover, reduced plasma levels of progesterone in MtF individuals correlated with reductions in grey matter structures in the right hippocampus and right caudate. Overall, the findings suggest that high doses of cross-sex hormones alter structures in the adult human brain.
“Our findings are also relevant for women undergoing hormone-replacement therapy and those receiving oral contraceptive treatment,” comments Lanzenberger on the wider significance of their study. “As oestrogen plus progestin therapy increases the risk of dementia in postmenopausal women aged ≥65 years, our findings of pronounced decreases in the hippocampal region in response to oestradiol and anti-androgen treatment support a neurobiological underpinning of this phenomenon.”"
Re biology shackling and defining us: in reading about hormone therapies, I've learned that hormones control emotions MUCH more than people like to admit. People on FJ sometimes talk about how men aren't allowed to cry and the emotional toll that takes. Pretty sure that yeah while there's bullying over crying, the "inability to cry" is just testosterone (as the expected changes occur on hormone supplements).
Since emotions trickle outwards everywhere in our lives... that's a pretty big deal.
Hot diggity! Thank you very much, based anon! I doubt the institution will shell out for private research, but I honestly might just nut up and buy the article with my own funds. This is exactly the sort of thing I'm interested in getting my grubby little hands on.
I'm also curious about whether the person's brain is functionally and physically different before the hormone therapy. That is to say, perhaps the corpus callosum, a key difference in the male and female brain, might deviate from the norm for the person's birth sex. Hopefully the article addresses this as well.
Many thanks, friend!
not entirely. It's more like a rating of "severity" with normal men getting all sorts of screwed up social signals about 'when it's okay.' Military blokes tend to have it easier because of going through enough sh!t to sort it all out.
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just read the synopsis bit under 'storyline' it's brutal enough
is a very good litmus test IMO, I've met very few who can avoid those 'feels' but your average hillbilly just becomes confused.
the old test/joke about Ol' Yeller is mostly a failure though. Yeller gets people who've owned a dog while doesn't really work on people that dislike animals in general or are cat people.
Or in other words "normies" don't deal with enough serious issues
in this case, 'death' alone isn't 'serious' since they're not engaged with it long enough and it's kinda passive
beginning-to-end to know how to adequately respond. But you give someone like a firefighter a tale of someone engaging in Sisyphusian efforts to no avail and the floodgates open. Men will respond more to things on a "greek tragedy" level
the whole 'manly tears' meme and how often it's associated with a hard@ss like Kenshiro or Samo Hung
than "wife ran into a tree" or "couple breaking up"
in addition to that bit about hormones and emotions, there is evidence and its something I've experienced personally, but emotional ranges and sensitivity increase when on Estrogen based HRT.
At least that's how I'd describe it. I went from being incapable of crying, to tearing up(or crying a river) at any half decent feels comp.
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i don't want to actually see it i just find it hard to believe.
- I know a girl named Cori Weaver, so it can do both.
I know a girl named Jack, and Joe, and Richard, and Liam, so really they can all be both but they are definitely gendered names.
Hold the fuck up, There is a girl named Richard?
Her name is dick.
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haha awesome thats pretty neat. appreciate it!
i feel like i sound sarcastic. i dont mean to if ido
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