Clinic for transgender youth opens at Toronto’ s Sick Kids hospital

TORONTO – A new Toronto clinic for transgender youth is seeing its first patients today.

The clinic at Sick Kids hospital has officially opened and administrators
say it will help fill an important gap in care for teens with gender

Gender dysphoria is diagnosed in people whose gender identity doesn’t match
their anatomical sex.

Sick Kids says gender dysphoria is relatively rare, but increased awareness
and acceptance has led more teens to identify as transgender.

It says while there are two mental health clinics that provide the
diagnosis in Toronto, the Sick Kids clinic is the first in the city to
focus on medical care for transgender teens.

The hospital says without proper care, transgender teens can experience
“negative consequences” such as mental health issues and risky behaviour.

Patients will work with an interdisciplinary team to ensure they get
counselling and in some cases, will receive hormone therapy to prevent the
changes associated with puberty, the hospital says.

The team includes physicians specializing in adolescent medicine and
endocrinology, a nurse practitioner, a nurse and a social worker as well as
children’ s mental health organizations.

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Brandon Sun, MB, Canada
By: The Canadian Press
Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 at 5:36 PM

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