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Australian woman sues psychiatrist over gender-transition treatment

Australian woman sues psychiatrist over gender-transition treatment

A woman is suing her psychiatrist after he approved her gender reassignment therapy after just one visit. 

Jay Langadinos, 31, was just 19 years old when she first met with Sydney psychiatrist, Dr. Patrick Toohey. 

She was referred to him by her endocrinologist to determine if she was a good candidate for a gender transition. The specialist felt that she needed “a thorough psychiatric work-up before embarking in a hormone treatment” due to her young age. 

Toohey diagnosed Langadinos as suffering from gender dysphoria after the first meeting and recommended she start on testosterone therapy. 

The next time the two met, in 2012, he approved her for ‘top therapy’ which involves having the breasts surgically removed. Langadinos underwent the surgery later that year. 

The third time they met, Toohey cleared her for a hysterectomy which would make her transition complete. 

Now, nearly a decade later, Langadinos no longer identifies as a male and is suing Hooey for professional negligence. She claims that he did not consider her social phobia in making his decision to approve her hormone therapy. She feels he should have her treated for the phobia before approving the therapy. 

She also alleges that he should have gotten a second opinion before approving her hysterectomy.

Langadinos said that her realization that she should not have undergone the therapy or surgeries came about when she was receiving psychiatric treatment from another doctor

She said Toohey should have considered the fact that she might be autistic before approving her for the therapy and surgery. 

She began looking into stopping her testosterone treatment in 2016. 

She also alleges that she has suffered from injuries, conditions, and disabilities caused by the therapy and surgeries including early menopause, anxiety, depression, and an inability to become gainfully employed. 

Langadinos said that she had felt as if she was ‘defective’ growing up because she was attracted to girls and uncomfortable with her body. 

As her unhappiness grew, she thought the best course of action was to change her body. 

Toohey described her in his records as someone with a ‘tomboy’ manner who was isolated socially and left school when she was just 11. 

He also noted in the letter to an Andrology fellow that she “had a past history of significant social phobia and depression which may have been beyond gender dysphoria”.

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