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Journal of Psychiatry
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Transgender Persons Applying for Euthanasia in Belgium: A Case Report and Implications for Assessment and Treatment

Gunter Heylens1*, Els Elaut1, Gerd Verschelden2 and Griet De Cuypere1

1Department of Sexology and Gender, Ghent University Hospital, Belgium

2Faculty of Law, Ghent University, Belgium

*Corresponding Author:
Gunter Heylens
Department of Sexology and Gender
Ghent University Hospital, De Pintelaan 185
9000 Ghent, Belgium
Tel: +32(0)93324341
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E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: October 30, 2015; Accepted Date: December 23, 2015; Published Date: December 30, 2015

Citation: Heylens G, Elaut E, Verschelden G, Cuypere GD (2016) Transgender Persons Applying for Euthanasia in Belgium: A Case Report and Implications for Assessment and Treatment. J Psychiatry 19:347 doi:10.4172/2378-5756.1000347

Copyright: © 2016 Heylens G, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited

 

Abstract

Gender confirming treatment has proven to relief gender dysphoria as a symptom and to improve psychological functioning in transgender persons. Nevertheless, small percentage shows regret after their surgical treatment. Risk factors for regret are the presence of psychiatric problems, dissatisfaction with the results of surgery and poor socializing. In Belgium, euthanasia can be applied for in a situation of constant and unbearable mental or physical suffering. In recent years, three patients applied for euthanasia in the Gender clinic of the University Hospital Ghent, Belgium. We report on one case of a trans-woman applying for euthanasia and discuss on implications for assessment and treatment.

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