Paul McHugh, professor and psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins University, has condemned the act of allowing children to transition from one gender to another.
McHugh told the College Fix that there will likely be long-term negative implications for those children who are permitted to engage in such medical treatments.
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McHugh branded the practice as "reckless and irresponsible," according to the outlet, and insisted that many physicians are allowing child-aged patients to transition without concrete evidence that it is in the best interest of the child.
"[Doctors] don't have evidence that [the treatment] will be the right one," he told the outlet during a phone interview. "Many people are doing what amounts to an experiment on these young people without telling them it's an experiment."
"You need evidence for that, and this is a very serious treatment," McHugh added. "It is comparable to doing frontal lobotomies."
McHugh pointed out that he believes children who are experiencing feelings of transgenderism are simply suffering from mental issues.
"I think their mental problems, often depression, discouragement, are the things that need treatment," he said. "I'm not positive about this. It's a hypothesis, but it is a very plausible hypothesis, and it would explain why many of the people who go on to have treatment of their body discover they are just as depressed, discouraged, and live just as problematic lives as they did before because they did not address the primary problem."
McHugh said that he is not optimistic about children transitioning at young ages, especially when coupled with hormone treatment therapies.
"They're going to be in the hands of doctors for the rest of their lives, many of them are going to be sterilized and not able to have their own children, and many will regret this," he explained.
"Can you imagine having a life where you need to seek doctors all the time, for everything, just to live?" he asked. "Getting your hormones checked, getting everything checked. That is something doctors should like to spare people of."
McHugh went on to point out a correlation between how people feel about transgenderism and how they look at eugenics.
"I believe it will be something like how we think of eugenics now," he insisted. "We will come to regret it when we discover how many of the young people that were injured regret it themselves."