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4/10/19  12:00 pm
Commenter: Ryan Kirkpatrick, Psychology PhD Candidate, University of Virginia

Ban All Conversion Therapy

Conversion therapy is harmful, has been condemned by a plethora of medical professionals, and is ineffective. The Internet is filled with stories of persons adversely affected by conversion therapy ( Some of the potential risks of conversion therapy include: depression, helplessness, social withdrawal, substance abuse, stress, feelings of dehumanization, and increased likelihood of committing suicide. None of these risks are worth the possibility that one's sexual orientation can be shifted.. The very existence of this practice assumes LGBTQ people have an illness which is an entirely false premise. No one should be allowed to practice conversion therapy, and conversion therapy must be banned to prevent licensed therapists from harming innocent people.

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