I have a pretty strong stomach, but researching lobotomies is one thing that truly disturbs me. The practice of mushing up someone's brain, often leaving them as incapacitated zombies was one of the worst things humans have done in the name of "treatment" in history, and yet less than half a century ago it was rather common. Over the years it was practiced, many thought it was a great idea to have it done to themselves or their loved ones.
The procedure left millions to live with the horrifying consequences of their decisions for the rest of their lives. Generally patients weren't completely mentally healthy before having it done, but it's very hard to argue that many of their lives were made better afterwards. It is widely considered a stain on human history for good reason.
I can't help but notice that it bears an incredible resemblance to a movement dedicated to sterilizing and humiliating another class of mentally ill people, including youths. They downplay the risks, but even the "hormone blockers" which they use on pubescent patients who aren't ready to make such a significant decision have irreversible consequences. Consequences strong enough that the damage is done, and the path of least resistance is to continue further. Its clearly a con. The people involved pretend to know what they're talking about, but in reality there is little evidence of any of it being true. It isn't a treatment, it's a sick way of exploiting vulnerable people. It will be remembered as a mistake. I don't want to delve too deep into specifics here and write a wall of text, but from firsthand experience with the community and culture that supports them, I do not have any doubts about my assessment.
I think going forward, I'm going to refer to the process of transitioning as a "gender lobotomy" as I think that in essence that's what it is. I encourage you to do the same if you agree, I think regular people need to understand what's at risk here.