So your pre-pubescent teenage son confides in you that he doesn’t feel like being a boy anymore and would prefer to be a girl instead… Maybe he sees all his female friends paying around and he would like to join them…maybe he’s just bored and fantasizing about things (I wanted to be a ninja when I was a kid) or maybe he genuinely has gender dysphoria.
What do you do? Do you wait to see if he will grow out of it, do you let him see a psychologist/psychiatrist, or do you let him undergo life-changing procedures that could have lasting effects on him for the rest of his life?
A woman who allowed her son to begin transitioning into a girl at the age of 12 has come to regret her decision, after her son now says he no longer feels like girl, and would like to go back to being a boy (oops). 12 year old Patrick Mitchell had already begun taking hormones and growing breasts before realizing he didn’t want to be a girl after all.
He will now have to be taken off the hormones and undergo surgery to remove excess breast tissues in his body. Definitely something a 12 year old kid should be going through:
At just 12-years-old, Patrick Mitchell, begged with his mother to begin taking oestrogen hormones after doctors diagnosed him with gender dysphoria – a condition where a person experiences distress because there is a mismatch between their biological sex and gender identity. “You wish you could just change everything about you, you just see any girl and you say I’d kill to be like that”, Mitchell told 60 Minutes.
After heeding advice from professionals who suggested that it was right choice, his mother was fully supportive and Mitchell began to transition. He grew out his hair and started to take the hormones, which caused his body to grow breasts. But two years on, Mitchell had a change of heart. In the beginning of 2017, teachers at school began to refer to him as a girl which triggered Mitchell to question if he had made the right decision.
“I began to realise I was actually comfortable in my body. Every day I just felt better,” he told Now To Love. As a result, Mitchell confided in his mother and explained that he wanted to transition back into a boy. “He looked me in the eye and said ‘I’m just not sure that I am a girl’”, his mother explained. Now, in a bid to revert back to his original body, he has stopped taking his medication and is about to have an operation to remove excess breast tissue in what will be the final stage of his transition.