Learning to embrace who you are is key to transition

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Vega, who in 1995 transitioned at age 24 to a woman, said Jenner's journey can serve as a platform for "worldwide education" about embracing who you are. While Jenner, 65, the Olympian formerly known as Bruce Jenner, kept her identity struggle quiet for decades, Vega says she turned to vices, including drugs and prostitution, to deal with the isolation from friends and family. Dr. Collier Cole, a clinical psychologist at the Rosenberg Clinic in Galveston, said people can mask their identity issues with gender-specific activities. Cole said he's seeing more younger people at the clinic as a result of increased education and parental support. [...] social media provides easier access to support groups.

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