The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare says that the number of cases of gender dysphoria among girls aged 13 to 17 has skyrocketed in the last decade.

 Newly diagnosed cases of gender dysphoria among teenage girls between the ages of 13 and 17 have risen by about 1,500 percent since 2008, while the number of cases seen among children, young men, and young women has increased markedly as well, SVT reports.

The number of new diagnoses among young men aged 18 to 24 increased by 400 percent.

As to why this is happening, experts still do not know. Peter Salmi, an investigator at Sweden’s National Board of Health said in a press release that authorities were entirely aware of the marked rise in cases, but said: “Yes, that the increase is clear, there is no doubt, however, we do not know what the increase is due to.”

Often, the phenomenon known as Gender dysphoria is, in many cases, is aggravated by psychiatric diagnoses like anxiety disorders, autism, and depression. Statistics show that individuals who’ve been diagnosed with gender dysphoria are at considerably greater risk of committing suicide than those in the general Swedish population. People who’ve been diagnosed with psychiatric illness are at even greater risk of committing suicide.

“People with gender dysphoria who committed suicide also had a very high incidence of concurrent severe psychiatric diagnoses, making it difficult to distinguish one from the other in terms of suicide risk,” Peter Salmi said.

The same trend is also unfolding in Norway, Finland and elsewhere in the western Europe and North America., While cases of gender reassignment at the National Hospital in Norway have increased 13-fold, the number of Finns seeking sexual reassignment has risen 20-fold.

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