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BEING TRANS IS NOT A MENTAL ILLNESS

January 26, 2020


[intro music] Chase: Hello, everybody, it is me – Chasey Poo! Today I am going to be talking to you about how being trans is not a mental illness. And a lot of people have been asking where I get my shirts from, so this one – I’ll put the link in the description below. It says “All genders are valid”. Alright, huntys. Let’s get into this! So, first of all – this might cause a fight online between me and some other youtubers. Who knows! Because I know that there are some people out there who are trans and who believe that being trans is a mental illness. Okay. I’m not saying medical condition, here, I’m saying a mental illness and I kind of wanna bring it out into the open – my way of like how I feel about this topic and how I think and you know, my view on things because I want people to get my side of the story as well and kind of understand where I’m from because maybe it’s different for everyone. And you know what – if you believe it’s a mental illness that’s on you. That’s cool. You do you. I really – that’s your life, man. I don’t care. You know, that’s you. But for me, personally, it is not a mental illness. Now, if you’re gonna ask me if being trans is a medical condition, well, here’s the thing, okay: In order for things to be covered by insurance and stuff like that, you need to have a diagnosis of gender dysphoria and that is a medical condition, alright. And there are people who are very medicalised in the trans aspect and identify more as transsexual and go on hormones and have surgery and go stealth or just, you know, identify as transsexual and just kind of don’t really like put themselves out there as trans. Like, they just have a medical condition. They – that happens to be trans like they happen to be trying – or like they don’t even identify trans. They just happen to have a medical condition and it’s called gender dysphoria and the treatment for that was to transition. Now for me, personally, I don’t see that as a medical condition. I did need medical intervention in order to help me be comfortable in transition. But, for me personally, my trans identity is more identity-based, I guess, is… is how I could explain it. I – I do have a diagnosis for gender dysph – actually gender identity disorder because I’m old umm.. and I transitioned a long time ago, but it It makes me feel good that there are, you know, two three different schools of thoughts and we could kind of openly discuss them. So, trans not being a mental illness is controversial. Why? So I think that there are people out there who want it to be a mental illness, ah, because that way it’s it’s more of a valid thing maybe for some people where they see that it’s in the DSM, and they get diagnosed, and there is treatment. So there’s like you have depression? Treat it with antidepressants, you know? So it’s like it’s a valid thing and it’s real it’s concrete here scientifical evi – scientifical? Hm – Scientific evidence. Sorry. Umm… so that, I could understand that point of view. But… to say that it is a mental illness I feel is extremely stigmatizing to a lot of people in the community who don’t see it as a mental illness at all. Look I have a lot of mental illnesses. I was recently diagnosed with PTSD, OCD, ah, generalized anxiety disorder and BPD traits, okay. And I’ve known I’ve had those things for years and I just now got a diagnosis and if you want more about that, there’s more videos on my channel about my diagnosis and stuff like that if you really want to know more. But, ah, the point is that I have these clinical kind of diagnoses to help me and and having those diagnoses have helped me because now I have therapy. I have access to different types of therapy that I wouldn’t have had without this diagnosis. So for me, I completely understand that but, the thing is that all of these issues and mental illnesses that I have are very – they’re mental, and it-it’s all like there is something wrong with my brain and I need to fix it. That’s what it feels like, and now my point of view on being trans is that there’s nothing wrong with my brain and I don’t want to fix it, because for me I like being trans and I can understand people absolutely go lose their mind when I say that. And I don’t represent the whole trans community. I’m representing myself, Chase Ross. I love my trans identity. I love my trans body. I love my trans self. I love my trans friends. I love my trans life. I have been growing up in this trans bubble for the last ten years and I have learned to embrace myself and love who I am and to see the thing that I love the most be seen as a mental illness? The thing that I love the most – it’s not the thing that I love the most about me, but it’s a very big aspect of my life that I love to embrace and I like to do that, I embrace my trans identity and it makes me feel good to talk about it and to be open and to educate people who you know are super confused and don’t know what’s going on? So for me, I see it as like an educational thing and as a, as an identity thing and something that I’ve learned to love and learn to embrace in myself. So I don’t like that being categorized as a mental illness because it makes it seem like you want to fix me. And there is nothing that needs to be fixed in me. I-I’m fine the way that I am trans-related Okay, obviously, I need to get – I need to deal with OCD and PTSD because those things are really not fun. But… in terms of my trans identity, there’s nothing that needs to be fixed. And I can understand some people can lose their mind because they’re like “But you say you have dysphoria, but now you like being trans and you like your body and you don’t want to be fixed. That doesn’t make any sense.” You know what? That’s that’s how you think and that’s fine. Okay, the way that I think is different and you know we’re allowed to coexist in this world together to have different thoughts. Especially if we’re both trans, who cares? Umm… for me, it – it’s really it’s it’s I’m allowed to have dysphoria. And I do have dysphoria about my hips, about bottom stuff, that I want bottom surgery. But, I still don’t see it as a mental illness. I see it as there’s a disconnect between the way that I see myself, and the way that I am, and the way that my body is, and as the years go by the dysphoria has changed from top to bottom to hips to top again to bottom to – needing top surgery to not needing top surgery to needing top surgery. Going on T, going off T. Like, I’ve just kind of gone where my body has told me to go and I’ve really listened to myself and my brain and what I need… and to call that a mental illness makes me feel bad – and I know that’s like that’s not a good excuse for this whole video like “and you make me feel bad so don’t do it”, but I just don’t like that association because I have never felt more sane?… I guess. Um… Then when I found out I was trans and learned to embrace my identity. And to me that was a super important kind of realization that I can be trans and I can love my body and I don’t have to see it as something that is a disorder, even though I’m diagnosed with gender identity disorder, back in the day. Um… It’s something that you know, and I know you gonna be like “well you’re you’re messing up with scientific fact that they call it gender dysphoria. It’s in the DSM. It’s a mental illness.” You know what cool, okay, they had gay in the – they had gay in the DSM They did horrible therapy to make gays not gays, you know what I’m saying? Just because it was doesn’t mean it always has to be and it’s right. So for me, not that I’m actively trying to like pursue and change the meaning of words… No, rhis is just how I live my life and I like to share it online and maybe someone else feels like me, cool. If everyone else feels not like me that’s cool too because I am living in this bubble where I’m happy, and that’s all that really matters. Anyways, what do you think about this topic? Let me know in the comments below and I will see you later! Have a great day, bye! [click]

100 Comments

  • Reply Faustine Iori September 6, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    We have learned in med school that the brain differenciates itself into a certain gender in the WOMB depending on hormones levels and other stuff, it's not very clear and precise yet but yeah basically your brain kinda does its thing and sometimes it doesn't match with your chromosomes or your body as you said, that's why I would also consider it as a medical condition rather than a mental illness otherwise being gay would also be a mental illness lmao. Much love ❤

  • Reply Jumi September 6, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    I love how I literally wrote about this same topic as a response to someone like a day before you posted this.

  • Reply Jumi September 6, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    The way I see it, simply seeing dysphoria as a medical condition, something you deal with and then move on with your life/go stealth is simply a huge privilege to be able to do. This is in no way pointing fingers at people who do that. It's definitely a valid choice. Most people simply do not have the privilege due to things like not passing well enough. I have hard time understanding people who don't identify as trans (non-cis people ofc) because the trans identity, the fact that I can have my gender, my name, my pronouns et cetera respected and recognized before I've even began medically transitioning is a huge thing, as it is pretty much the only thing I have at the moment. As I said, it's a privilege to be able to simply treat is a purely medical condition.

  • Reply Alan F September 6, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    The newest version of the DSM doesn't have being transgender in it any more.

  • Reply iPlague Network September 6, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    It's an interesting topic. But I do notice that a lot of trans people also deal with autism, depression, pstd, ocd or other illnesses. I don't know if there is a link, but it sure is noticeable. It's stupid when people try to fight over this topic since there is no scientific proof of the matter. We live in a word where we can be ourself but aren't allowed to be ourself at the same time. It's sad.

  • Reply Shain Quartz September 6, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    Absolutely correct, Chase! I agree 100%. Especially when you said that once you found out you were trans and embrace it was when you felt the most sane

  • Reply Just Words September 6, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    "Gone where my body has told me to go…"YES

  • Reply Robin Taylor September 6, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    Your feelings a valid, but I feel like my mental illnesses (depression, anxiety, PTSD) are not something that needs to be "fixed", they are apart of me that needs to be managed but respected. am not Trans so I can not speak to that aspect. I just wonder if you would feel differently if you didn't feel like your mental illness needs to be something that you fix (either way is valid)? Anyways I love all your content. Stay strong.

  • Reply Aiden Colburn September 6, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    I think that you’re right and Kalvin garrah is wrong lol

  • Reply Lien September 6, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    i am a mostly closeted enby and i totally agree

  • Reply CJ Hudson September 6, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    Just went to your merch store. Why are the clothes sectioned off as mens and womans??

  • Reply Dracul the Rebel September 6, 2018 at 11:34 pm

    My insurance company seems to think it’s a mental illness. I do have a diagnosis of gender dysmorphia not, but it’s not my brain. It’s my body.

  • Reply Bee Maddox September 7, 2018 at 12:13 am

    Oh my god I just had a problem with this exact thing recently

  • Reply Nick De Marco September 7, 2018 at 1:06 am

    I support the theory that gender dysphoria is neurological not psychological. Neurological conditions can have huge effects on behavior and identity. I can tell you, as someone who has had brain surgery, that there is a difference between psychological issues and neurological ones.

  • Reply Tyler Jay Rose September 7, 2018 at 1:07 am

    sorry but I personally disagree.

  • Reply AnnaCarenina September 7, 2018 at 4:47 am

    I know it's irrelevant but… Your hair looks AWESOME

  • Reply Ande Perry September 7, 2018 at 4:53 am

    This video: Chase wears an "all genders are valid" shirt.
    Next video: I'M NON NINARY! THE GENDER TAG VIDEO!

    puts on tinfoil hat
    Ok. So. Like…. I don't want to be spouting shit, but like… autism is a neurological condition, right? So is that mental? Why do you think so many trans men are on the spectrum? Extreme male brain theory. BOOM.
    Also the whole "gender-brained" thing is proven, and might be even the case for non-binary people but more in a bi-gendered way or two-spirit thing. But that whole two-spirit thing makes me think of DID, where the alters come out and are a part of the person's body. It's like having multiple spirits inside one body? Are these how non-binarys feel on a day-to-day basis?
    throws cap away

    But gender dysphoria is a mental condition, but being trans itself is not, it's just an identity which you can choose to identify with or not. Pre-op, post-op and/or stealth. Just like how I know I'm on the lgbtqa spectrum, but I don't engage in much of the pride stuff because I feel like my identity isn't there yet.

  • Reply Ashley Reid September 7, 2018 at 5:23 am

    I agree with everything you just said

  • Reply Chris Moon September 7, 2018 at 8:21 am

    My view is a medical physical illness, if anything, it's NOT a mental illness. Just my opinion. There is a very huge part of the population who just choose to remain silent to not go against the grain of modern society. I'm sad that anyone who feels "less than binary" feels there's something wrong with them, society NEEDS to wake up and see how things in our brains work! I hope some day your videos can wake those who are blind can wake up and realize that even people who don't have anything else wrong with them can be trans or squiggle!!! You're awesome and I'm trying to educate people in my small community that it's NOT taboo or "the devil" or mentally ill, just that we are who we are, and education is the key to understanding how things in real nature and this world works. Thank you Chase. I try to help people understand, and I don't deny trans, i embrace trans, even answering questions that people have. BLESS!!! "Just because it 'WAS', doesn't mean 'IT ALWAYS HAS TO BE.' " Best quote of the times my YouTuber! Thankfully there will always be cats! =^..^=

  • Reply Lauren Jackson September 7, 2018 at 10:52 am

    I got a poster that is signed by chase

  • Reply Mort Hempstock September 7, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    Thank you for making videos like this.

  • Reply Lappalainen September 7, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    I feel my self as frying pan.. Deal with it

  • Reply Jax JazzFlower September 7, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    Thank you Chase!!
    ❤️💛💚💙💜

  • Reply Lennon Shay September 7, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    Throughout my transition I have read and seen so many things that are potentially damaging to people within the community. Passing was the big one for me. I struggled with the fact that as a person transitioning later in life I would never reach the "passing" stage as the young girls were. It was very depressing for me and the whole process of accepting myself. However, recently something clicked and I am now against ever passing. I don't want to pass at all. I want/need to stay visibly trans for myself and the youth of the future. I am so very happy with my life and have found peace and success. I am a shining ray of trans sunshine in this world and i fucking love it. The point is I am very happy that you love your transness as well Chase. I think we need to make it known that we can just love ourselves for who we are not who we should be.

  • Reply Eli Claes September 7, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    i am trans and also have aspergers and its a bit similar from my view not an illness like they used to think but a neuroligical diversity

  • Reply akai uwu September 8, 2018 at 1:51 am

    Waiting for the angry truscum~

  • Reply RV G. September 8, 2018 at 2:02 am

    I just want to say that the main reason why it is still in the DSM-5 is to allow for trans people to receive medications covered by the RAMQ, and not because it is considered a mental illness by the medical community. 💖

  • Reply Lucy September 8, 2018 at 3:38 am

    Yes it is

  • Reply Skeleton September 8, 2018 at 6:34 am

    Gender dysphoria is a mental illness

  • Reply Oz Ercolino September 8, 2018 at 10:35 am

    I understand what you're saying. I think that being trans can be really painful, especially after you first realize you're trans and all the dysphoria just comes flooding in (at least that's what happened to me). Some people, when faced with that pain, just want to forget about being trans and live a "normal" life and others do the opposite: they own the fact that they're trans and are proud of it. We all have our ways of dealing with it and I don't think any one way is right or wrong.

  • Reply E C September 8, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    I have a very fact oriented family…especially my Dad. He likes to take true information and twist it to his views out of context to fit a primarily anti-trans argument. But, because I didn't come out as trans until early last year, I was raised with that mindset, that facts are truth…so when I saw gender disphoria in the DSM during a general psych class in college, that's actually the moment I realized I was trans and not crazy, or just depressed–or stressed out…that I was actually dealing with something someone can diagnose. I don't really deny that gender is inate, that it is a thing that is mostly identified through personal journey of self and not so much body related. But, that being said, as soon as I realized their was a sexual–biological, scientific explanation for my feelings that was enough for me to begin trying to accept who I was/am.

  • Reply Lori Morse September 8, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    I am a man trapped in a women's body…ugh…..Trans guy Lee

  • Reply Matty September 8, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    Gender dysphoria /is/ a mental health issue, being trans is not. Gender dysphoria is caused by this disconnect between what we are and what we see, by a lot of the cisnormaitivity we internalized. Being transgender is just another way to be. We have always existed. And, as a scientist, I'll tell you gender and sex are not 'biological facts', they are categories we use to classify and simplify the world.

  • Reply Elias Klein September 8, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    I love the term “medical condition” because my transition involves going to the doctor all the time and a lot of hospital visits. I’m stealth and I just identify as male, really.
    But being transgender needs to be included as a some sort of medical condition for health insurance and other reasons. If you changed that, a lot of people wouldn’t be able to transition because of financial reasons, or at least their transition would be delayed.
    I agree that the term “mental illness” isn’t perfect, it’s more neurological or anatomical, but it doesn’t really affect me what it says somewhere, as long as my insurance pays for it and that it’s acknowledged that it exists. I rather identify as mentally ill than “nothing’s wrong with me”, because why would I go through six surgeries if nothing needed to be fixed.
    In the next DSM, they’ll change it to a different section that isn’t mental, but sexual health, and that somehow doesn’t fit either, it’s next to erectile dysfunction and nymphomania. And if gender is determined by your brain and mind, why shouldn’t it be a mental condition? Sexual condition is even worse in my opinion, because that sounds a lot more dirty and more body-related (insinuating that you have to want all the surgeries and hormones if you’re trans, which you obviously don’t).
    Gender dysphoria is an illness, however you want to classify it, being trans isn’t. Arguing about classifying it won’t really change anything. Awareness of hate crimes, protection by law, security, coverage by insurance and countless other things are more important issues to tackle.

  • Reply drethedinosaur September 8, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    SCIENTIFICAL! thanks for being your awesome self 🐙

  • Reply Shevelle Ross September 8, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Gender,lies and suicide:
    Transgender:surgical & chemical impersonation of the opposite sex!
    Gender ideology harms people (fact)-Not ideology determines reality!
    Human sexuality is an objective Biological binary trait:XX and XY are genetic markers of health,not genetic markers of disorder! No one is born with a gender. Everyone is born with a biological sex.
    Gender(An awareness and sense of oneself as male or female)is a sociological and Psychological concept;not a objective one.
    No one is born with an awareness of themselves as male or female. People who identify as "feeling" like the opposite sex or somewhere in between do not comprise a third sex.They remain biological male and female.
    FTM's don't have male brains (fact) There isn't a doctor, scientists or biologist nor therapist that can determine that falsehood(fact) Long term behavior causes the brain structure,not the brain that causes the behavior. A person's belief that he or she is something that they are not is a sign of confused thinking or mental disorder! People are being encouraged to mutilate bodies and that is insanity!
    Its foolish to try and become something you are not!
    What disorder is driving you to think this way!?
    Rates of suicide are twenty times greater among adults who use cross-sex hormones and undergo sex reassignment surgery!
    Testosterone can't change a biological female into a male at all but what will transition is the outter appearance. Females that self inflict hormonal embalances along with self choices to mutilate healthy body parts are in fact mentally ill!
    Females who inject a man made synthetic drug for No other reasons but to impersonate the opposite sex needs severe psychiatric help!
    Beard growth and body hair growth along with deepened voices of biological females will remain biological females with effects of outward appearance of deceit and or lies! Young society of individuals want to try and change every meaning of words to encourage themselves to believe their own lies. Doctors are performing mutilation of body parts in order to gain more money not because they have a belief that females can become men! They are absolutely aware that its impossible!
    Its clear that people can call themselves whatever one might think up and not be true!

  • Reply KaidenPeridot September 8, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    I just want to mention I went back to school a few days ago (I started t in May so when I went back to school I was 3-4 months on t) and many friends and acquaintances said my voice got really deep, and one said I sounded like you now and it was one of the best compliments I've ever received

  • Reply Chuck Harding September 8, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    Hey girl.

  • Reply stoned immaculate September 9, 2018 at 12:55 am

    just @ blaire next time ok

  • Reply Bee jesus September 9, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    I think being trans itself isn't a illness, but gender dysphoria kind of is. Dysphoria has fucked me up, if I didn't have dysphoria 99% percent of the other stuff that affects me wouldn't because of the absence of the catalyst (dysphoria) There are days when I don't want to leave my house, I feel uncomfortable with everything about myself for basically 100% of the time. I agree with what you say about it not so much being the brain as the body, but it's still crippling. I think that dysphoria is causing other things, whether that makes it in and of itself an illness I'm not sure. I completely relate to wanting to fix the body not the brain, there are however other things I do need to fix. So I'm kind of on the fence, I agree with most of what you're saying and relate, but at the same time some of my own experiences point me the other way.

  • Reply John V September 10, 2018 at 5:05 am

    I just always felt that when trans people (like myself) have said it’s a mental illness it’s put in a negative light because that’s the same thing ignorant transphobic people would say. But from a completely different view. When trans people say it’s a mental illness it’s not meant as something invalidating it’s being explained biologically.

  • Reply Ostyn Murray September 11, 2018 at 2:33 am

    Chase…Can I just say….You are hot asf…😍

  • Reply Dakota Drake September 11, 2018 at 6:38 am

    Ya know, I got "diagnosed" with Gender Identity Disorder ages ago when I was 13. Nothing ever felt so validating and invalidating at the same time. My diagnosis helped me to understand why I felt so different and allowed me to transition, but I also struggled with self-acceptance because I thought diagnosis=something wrong. It's taken me almost half my life to undo that and to (fully) accept myself. Being trans is not a disorder–it isn't even necessarily a medical condition either if you don't need HRT, surgery, etc. Thanks for making this vid, Chase.

  • Reply Thiago Ferreira September 12, 2018 at 12:08 am

    1. Hey Chase! Have you seen this? http://fortune.com/2018/06/20/world-health-organization-trans-mental-illness/ I think this means that we're not actually considered people with a mental illness anymore, right?
    2. Could you please give me an opinion about dysphoria being socially driven? Something that I noticed that happened with me and other trans friends is that, after coming out, the urge to transition became stronger. Not only that, but in most countries you need to have had surgery or to be in HRT in order to change your legal name and your gender mark on your ID, people will always look at you and assume your gender based on your physical aspects (which I know triggers a lot of trans people's dysphoria), and in the case of binary trans people, all the concepts we have of men and women's bodies have been influenced by society's cisnormativity. What I'm trying to say is: the reason why most trans people feel the need to transition is because it's basically impossible to be respected and seen as the gender you identify as if you don't. Do you agree with me? Is there any texts about this that you've read? Do you think you could talk about this on a video?

  • Reply Trenton Printz September 12, 2018 at 4:31 am

    Tourrettes syndrome is in the DSM and it's a neurological condition not a mental illness. Not everything in the DSM can be equated to a mental illness. Personality disorders are not mental illnesses, they're behavioural disorders. Schizophrenia is a brain disease as is Alzheimer's. Depression and bipolar disorder are mental illnesses which can be treated with medication.

    Gender dysphoria is a neurologically based disorder. Taking opposite sex horemones is the best treatment for this.

    There are some people who are delusional in thinking they're not supposed to be their birth sex… But it's up to a psychologist to diagnose these things.

    There are also people who have autogynophilia and autoandrophilia, transvestites namely. Which is a paraphilia and is covered under sex disorders in the DSM.

    People cannot self diagnose, and cannot judge others.

    To demedicalize being trans is a huge mistake. Don't take offense to it being called a "mental disorder" if you are trans. Just explain to people it's a neurological illness not a delusional disorder.

    Transphobic people may never change their minds. But trans people need to stop in fighting over something quite simple.

  • Reply melissa hernandez September 12, 2018 at 5:27 am

    Loovveeee you sooo much ❤️❤️❤️

  • Reply Kanalzapotrebe September 12, 2018 at 9:35 am

    Anorexia can also be seen as a disconnection between mind and body. You have a normal functioning body that you don't see as such. Difference is you don't get to live long enough to have a proud anorexic life you can embrace. So, in one hand being trans can maybe be defined as a nonlethal medical illness but who would wanna be called ill when they don't feel like that, right?

  • Reply Alex P September 13, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    I fucking love you Chase and I always have even if I totally disagree with you on some points. I have so much respect for you, keep ya head up man ❤️

  • Reply Amanda J September 14, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    A mental illness inhibits someone from living a happy, functioning life. Huh?

  • Reply Amanda J September 14, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    If it’s not a mental illness then the body is ill??? So we’re not gonna call it a metal disorder cause it’s stigmatizing? What happened to destigmatizing it?

  • Reply Fuglsang September 16, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Something is only an "illness" if it's somehow harmful to oneself or others

  • Reply Sky September 17, 2018 at 6:02 am

    I feel like so many uneducated people get confused about this.

  • Reply Andres Leyton September 17, 2018 at 8:28 am

    Hmm, you exert a constant evasion of reality; you are not at peace with your biological reality. I think that is the basic difference between disphoric and non-dysphoric people. I think this represents most non-dysphoric people; if you ask me what being a man feels like or identify a specific feeling that tells me I am a man I cannot give an answer because there is no such thing. All I know is that I am a man because male is my biology. Outside biology all men experience different feelings as well as more or less identification with social contructions of maleness. For some reason, be it idealisation of the other sex, some kind of trauma or even autism as it has been observed a strong connection between GD and autism gender dysphoria is indeed a mental illness although I don't mean it in a negative or pathologising way but rather acknowledging that not accepting once biology, suffering mental distress and even alter a perfectly functioning body for what goes on in the mind cannot be classified as normal or healthy state.

  • Reply Tori B. September 19, 2018 at 2:44 am

    I don’t believe in discrediting something just because it makes you feel bad, feel that you need to be fixed, or otherwise makes you feel uncomfortable. When only feelings are considered, there is no room for logical conversation and problem solving.

  • Reply Derex000 September 19, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    As long as someone is respectful about their belief, I don't care if they believe it. My little brother thinks being trans is a mental illness but he's still respectful and uses the person's pronouns bc he understands that it's their life and their choice and he'll respect their wishes to be viewed as their desired gender. He wouldn't vote out trans rights or complain about them. He just has his own beliefs, and seeing as he's not hateful or harmful I don't mind it. My best friend is a trans guy and when he visited my brother only messed his pronouns up once and he immediately apologized and corrected himself. (He had known him before he transitioned and didn't spend much time with him after so it was still new thinking of him as a guy for him. Still proud of him for doing his best)

    Personally in a weird questioning gender state, not sure if non binary or trans man bc a bunch of aspects going on. Want to be 100% sure before I do anything. Pretty sure it's obvious, but I completely agree with Chase that it's not a mental illness. Calling it that adds a bad association. It's the same reason the gay community hates being associated with pedophiles or 'pedosexuals'. They're not the same thing.

    Hope everything is going okay Chase, keep your head up!

  • Reply L Risner September 20, 2018 at 3:03 am

    Perfecccttttt! Yes Chase YES. "In regard to being trans, There is nothing wrong with my brain!" Oh fck yes!
    I have mental illness and my mom who loves me, but doesnt want me to be trans is like jumping on that I'm pretty sure in hopes that my "transness" can be treated as a mental illness and treated and go away.

    You word things well ♡ thank u!

  • Reply Josh Mitt September 20, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    It's a disorder. It doesn't make you bad or immoral. But your body is healthy, it's you're brain that doesn't match it. So it's a brain disorder. Sorry but that's the truth.

  • Reply Mary Mcgovern September 20, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    Please reach out to Stef Sanjati

  • Reply Locust Hypnosis September 24, 2018 at 6:45 am

    I completely agree with you Chase. The way I look at it is that my body has a testosterone deficiency, and to correct that I need to take hormones. Its a physical condition where my body developed in a way that my mind doesn't connect and associate with, causing social implications and a tremendous amount of inner turmoil. I know who I am and it is hugely insulting to hear people calling it a mental illness.

  • Reply they.call.me.ranch cause.i.be.dressin September 24, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    When i first saw the title i was like "what kinda dumb bitch juice has chase been sippin on?" Until the part where he said "im not saying medical condition im saying mental illness" then i was like oh ok

  • Reply CytraNexia October 2, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    His hair is beautiful

  • Reply Jennifer Nunya October 4, 2018 at 3:50 am

    No, but being a self-centered asshole is…

  • Reply Nino Evans October 10, 2018 at 10:27 am

    German title ? :0

  • Reply May October 23, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    If you don't have a mental illness then can we have our tax dollars back.

  • Reply Jose Bonilla November 3, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    Men or boys who think they are girls or women is a mental disorder. Treatment to get the mind in line with the body is valid and helpful to those who want it.

  • Reply Elizabeth Torres November 9, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    I saw NoahFinnce's video on this topic and i have to admiy i agree with him instead xp

  • Reply jeyppe 13 November 11, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    After watching this video I can see it from what u and others think and what others that think the opposite. Thnx chase this made it easier to understand and to make others happy agree too disagree ok for some it is a mental illness and for some it's not as long as you are happy with yourself thats all that matter and we don't have to hate on others because we disagree, be open to understand what others think and then you will see the bigger picture. So yea thnx chase, made me see and understand what others think I will have a great use for this knowledge, love you

  • Reply Érik kartman November 12, 2018 at 5:05 am

    There are only 2 genders

  • Reply Mythic Dragon November 12, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    Writes "Scientifical" into their dictionary

  • Reply Comi Raptor December 4, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    But it is tho

  • Reply ILoveYou December 8, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    It's actually a delusion… Sorry if this offends but this kind of mentality effects all of society. Sex is binary in all of nature and sex characteristics of your biology are present in every cell of your body. Personally I don't think you should be educating anyone. Be trans, fine but you don't really know about generally or biology from a scientific perspective, do you? You can't really ever transition to be the opposite sex. I think the real phenomena taking place is almost a societal pressure on third gendered people to be either very masculine or very feminine. Respected medical professionals observe that trans people who transition are not more likely to be healed or happy. If you can't love yourself the way you are, that is unhealthy and causes suffering. :/ I really dislike our society prompting transitioning to people because it is actually very biologically harmful. Bless

  • Reply Live4Beauty December 30, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    It is very much a mental condition. Because biologically everything is perfectly fine. The only problem you have is the way you feel. And feelings are connected to your psyche. I don’t even understand, why this is even a topic

  • Reply Hunter Markey January 12, 2019 at 3:06 am

    one of my freinds calls me Hunty, because my name is Hunter.

  • Reply scooby_ January 27, 2019 at 12:10 am

    WHERE CAN I GET YOUR BACKGROUND SOMEONE PLEASE ANSWER ME

  • Reply soloQ GOD February 2, 2019 at 8:41 am

    I hope you get cancer and die a slow, painful death.

  • Reply Online.hating. service February 18, 2019 at 9:32 am

    In response to some of the comments— is there a way to express that gender dysphoria isn’t a mental illness without making mental illness seem like a bad thing? I know it isn’t the intention but it’s really disheartening to see people say they aren’t mentally ill because they aren’t “sick” and there is nothing “wrong” with them. There’s nothing wrong with being a mentally ill person either. Medical conditions and mental illnesses are different of course, but one isn’t better or worse than the other.

  • Reply Martin Gargaro February 19, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    Could I identify as a dolphin simply because I like seafood, and I swim relatively fast in the water?

  • Reply GraceTheSlimeGirl February 26, 2019 at 12:31 am

    Responding to “here”, first of all, you have no evidence of having a degree. These facts may be true. But think about it logically. Being transgender as a summary is feeling like you’re not comfortable in your body. The same goes for anorexia. It’s simple.

  • Reply Martín Bruno March 7, 2019 at 7:17 am

    Yes it is.

  • Reply No Love March 13, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    First of all if being "trans" is not a mental illness, then what is the justification for transitioning other than extreme body modifications. If it is normal to be "trans", then transitioning is nothing more than plastic surgery, because due to the fact that, as you claim, there is bnk no mental disorder, then transitioning isn't reducing any claimed suicide threats if not allowed to transition, and publicly funded health insurance definately should not cover those unnecessary extreme body modifications. Understand? Not a mental disorder, no transitioning on Medicare. Not a mental disorder? No more transitioning of children. If "trans" people want to claim that gender dysmorphia is not a mental illness and just a type of person, ok, now there is no reason to transition at all. Because, as you say, a person with no mental illness does not hate their own body and does not threaten suicide if not allowed to male extreme body modifications. So I agree with you, "trans" is not a mental illness, and "trans" people have ZERO reason to transition other than a want or need to fit in amd look how they want. So no more snip snip…

  • Reply TheGhostKidney7 March 17, 2019 at 12:54 am

    Don't worry you'll be dead soon, I promise!

  • Reply Cecilia March 22, 2019 at 9:00 am

    Came here from a Blaire White video. Very interesting to hear your opinion on this. And cheers to you for actually trying to start/contribute to a conversation about this 🙂

  • Reply Noriaki Kekyoin March 31, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    We live in a society where playing too much Fortnite is classified as a mental health disorder but chopping off your dick and pretending to be a woman isn’t.

  • Reply Trinity Livingston April 4, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    I'm studying to possibly become a mental health professional and have done lots of research on mental illness and stuff. I can say that being trans isn't a mental illness, I don't need or want to change that part of myself.

  • Reply m i n t c r u s h April 10, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    Listen.
    If you'r colourblind but belive and think you'r not colourblind it doesn't make you not colourblind, that's the same with transgenders,
    Let's say you'r a man who belives and think's they're a woman but that doesn't make you a woman.
    Beliving you'r a woman/man when You're actually a other gender is gender dysphoria, gender dysphoria? A mentall illness, it is the same as transgenderism. So it is in fact a mentall illness. Jazz Jennings is a "transgender" boy. Since a young age and she still is young, and can't know what she want's. In the future she will probably regret having all those surgeries, and the bottom surgery, hormones done, since her frontal lope isnt fully done, basically it's where we make our decisions. It will be fully grown and working at age 24/25 just so you know, being "transgender" IS a mentall illness.

  • Reply Chris Schneider May 24, 2019 at 4:19 am

    Yes, it is. No benefits given though.

  • Reply Chris Schneider May 24, 2019 at 4:19 am

    Die, die, die.

  • Reply Vicente May 29, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    Truscum to good person transition. growth. GROWTH!

  • Reply Vicente May 29, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    Being trans isn't a medical condition either, but americans need to lie to survive. The rest of us with universal healthcare could do better if the cis let us. And mental illness isn't based on what individuals think, the who said it isn't. Even if it is comforting.

  • Reply jessica jones June 15, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    Of course a transgender is going to say it's not a mental illness. Also I knew you're a biological female before you even started talking.

  • Reply JustSomeoneStrollingTheInternet June 20, 2019 at 1:36 am

    Giving what they want doesn’t treat their illness it only makes it worse

  • Reply Rosie The Triceratops Graf July 13, 2019 at 2:36 am

    Yes yes yes finally a video on this subject that dose not have more dislikes then likes

  • Reply Awaiting Input July 23, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Obviously is tho

  • Reply Glenn Jones August 4, 2019 at 11:18 am

    oh yes it's a mental illness Bitch, women who think they are men

  • Reply Deputy 505 August 17, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    You might wanna check the DSM5

  • Reply Alaina Howard September 20, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    You don't wanna say it's a disorder because of the stigma against mental illness. But you are adding to the stigma by denying it. You cannot be trans and not have gender dysphoria. That suicide rate is only going to escalate because you people are being lied to instead of getting the help you need. I truly hope you seek help and learn to be okay with the way you were born.

  • Reply amira hollans October 18, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    well those I have come in contact with sure do have a mountain of mental illnesses associated with their transitions to the point they are NOT contributing members of society.

  • Reply Magnificent Bastard October 27, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    Attention seeking delusional head cases… Narcissistic to the core, while everyone around them just gets on with life and their goals and what they want to achieve with this short time we have in this world. These people can't stop looking in the mirror asking "Who am I" a question you can only really know when you're lying in your death bed. Live your life and get your head out of your arse. Fkin Creeps.

  • Reply Daniel Whiting December 5, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    It is most definitely mental illness and your personal feelings mean nothing on the subject… you don't get to very lispily I might add, insert your opinion as fact. So fuck your sjw bullshit.

  • Reply Arena Rat January 3, 2020 at 10:25 am

    except it is you ignorant ass. its not up to you, its up science you delusional fuck

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