Changes in Anxiety and Depression from Intake to First Follow-Up among Transgender Youth in a Pediatric Endocrinology Clinic

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Abstract

Monitoring acute distress in transgender youth initiating gender-affirming care is important given their increased risk for significant mental health symptoms. The current study examined changes in anxiety, depression, and suicidality from initial appointment to first follow-up in 80 youth, ages 11-18. Average time between visits was ∼4 months but varied across participants. Results revealed no change in acute distress from intake to follow-up. Neither distance from medical center nor initiation of hormone therapy was associated with symptom changes. While research shows decreased distress with initiation of hormones, study findings suggest changes may actually take longer to occur.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)196-200
Number of pages5
JournalTransgender Health
Volume5
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2020

Keywords

  • access to care
  • acute distress
  • behavioral health screeners
  • gender dysphoria
  • mental health
  • transgender

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)

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