Reparative Therapy

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Kyesha Fields
Mr. Huston
English IV Senior Term Paper
09 November 2012
Is Reparative (Conversion) Therapy Okay? Throughout history there has been much controversy surrounding the topic of human beings sexual orientation. Whether it they are straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered, people like what they like. In some cases, many people believe that they are born with certain urges that attract them to either the same or maybe even the opposite sex. The number one question that has been asked in today’s society is that if using reparative therapy is okay. Although many people believe in using this therapy, they should steer away from practicing it because it is unethical, there is no proven cure, and it often leads to an
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Shortly after saying this Paulk was spotted and photographed in a D.C. gay bar” (Johnson). With results like these, all therapists should refrain from using conversion therapy. Whether conversion therapy be unethical or have no proven cure, its biggest downfall is the increased rates of depression and suicides among gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered teens.
Being a teen in today’s society is hard all by its self. From getting bullied about what you wear or worrying about not having enough food to eat. But for those teens who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered there is a whole new door of problems that is opened up. They are made to feel alone, like no one loves them, or as if they need to change. And it is understandable for them to want to change when there are things like reparative therapy in today’s world. “The potential risks of conversion therapy are great, including depression, anxiety, self-destructive behavior, and sometimes reinforced self-hatred” (Meyer). For most people homosexuality is not a choice, therefore it cannot be changed. Trying to get people to change by making them feel insignificant is the number one way conversion therapy works. Patients are told that if does not work it is because they did not try hard enough. This fact alone can hurt a person’s self-esteem and make them want to commit suicide. Not to mention the fact that some of these gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered teens feel rejected
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