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Help! Qn in Abnormal Pyschology

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by pinklily84 pinklily84 (New Member) New Member

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Hi guys, I'm doing a case presentation on gender disorder and my grp chose to do transsexualism.

I'm suppose to answer this qn: How the knowledge will help you in the role as a nurse in the clinical setting

I'm not very sure how to answer this cos what i can think of is ' so that we won't blame them for being 'abnormal' or so that we understand them in their point of view as they are not totally blamed for what they are'. The answers i came out sounded more of a personal point of view.

Can someone help me?

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You may want to check on recent research which is seemingly leaning towards a genetic explanation for this issue. In my own opinion I dont see them as "abnormal" or anyone should bare any "blame" for who rather than what they are. It can be beneficial to be educated in this area as you may encounter it in psychiatric areas, surgical areas, and trauma. More and more transgender persons are becoming more open to thier situations and also not hiding in the closet in today's times of which I applaud them for. I also have a niece who was born with Turner's syndrome and the family elected to have sexual reassignment surgery. Now consider this the mother did not know her daughter was genetically male until the age of 13 months. It happens so there is more than just the "psychological" or the general thought of transgender persons elect to be in the positions they are. There are many other medical reasons for these decisions and not just they are "abnormal psych" or have a mental deficit.

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this is called abnormal psychology?

anyway, it's important to know the medical implications of transgenderism but the psychosocial considerations, are what really call out to me.

feelings of isolation, abandonment, stigmas, judgments, loneliness, depression, hopelessness- these are all valid concerns that would be associated with such a major life-changing event.

is she still taking hormones?

what are the potential se's?

how recent was surgery?

are there knowledge deficits from the pt or her family/friends?

is there support or disgust?

there are many considerations to peruse...


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