Children taking anti-psychotic medication in the military health system for serious mental illness were later administered “gender-affirming pharmaceuticals,” according to Department of Defense health records, with one of its air base physicians claiming the gender drugs could “melt away” psychotic conditions such as a schizophrenia diagnosis.
A study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine in 2021 entitled, “Mental Healthcare Utilization of Transgender Youth Before and After Affirming Treatment,” discussed internal DoD health records from 2010-2018.
The review showed that transgender kids in the DoD health system were being given heavy psychotropic medications such as anti-psychotics while being sent through a “gender-affirming” pipeline.
Drugs given to transgender youth typically include puberty blockers and hormones.
The study yielded unflattering results on the effects the gender treatments had on kids’ mental health. Not only did it find no significant psychological benefit, but many children had their psychotropic medication increased after gender-related drugs were administered.
“Among 963 [transgender] youth using gender-affirming pharmaceuticals, mental healthcare did not significantly change and psychotropic medications increased following gender-affirming pharmaceutical initiation,” the study said.
“The most pronounced increases in psychotropic medication were in… anti-psychotics and lithium,” a mood stabilizing medication commonly used to treat bipolar disorder.
One of the authors, Dr. David Klein, works at the David Grant Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base where he treats military-connected children with gender dysphoria. . . . (read more on Fox News)
DAVID A KLEIN
COLONEL, AIR FORCE
Dr. David A. Klein, a Colonel in the United States Air Force, is a Family and Adolescent Medicine physician. He currently serves as Program Director of the Family Medicine Residency at David Grant Medical Center, Travis Air Force Base, CA.
Dr. Klein is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University and an Associate Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at UC Davis School of Medicine. He has authored more than 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals on topics related to reproductive health, sexual and gender minority youth, eating disorders, and psychosocial screening for adolescents.
Most recently, Dr. Klein served as Chief of Medical Staff (Chief Medical Officer) at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling and Joint Base Andrews in Washington, DC. Dr. Klein previously spent 5 years as a faculty member at the National Capital Consortium Family Medicine Residency in Fort Belvoir, Virginia where he held the position of Associate Program Director. In 2018, he deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Prior to that, he was the Medical Director of the Lajes Air Base Military Clinic in the Azores, Portugal. In 2016, he received the US Air Force Surgeon General’s Award for Clinical Excellence.