The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community is at a greater risk of developing mental health issues than other segments of the population. Given the amount of discrimination the community faces it is no wonder that those who identify as LGBT are more likely to develop substance abuse problems and experience higher rates of suicide. Research has shown that LGBT individuals are 2.5 times more likely to experience anxiety and depression than those who identify as straight. A lack of cultural sensitivity, stigma, and a reluctance to openly address their sexuality may also impact the ability of LGBT individuals to get quality mental health care. Searching for a trusted counselor in Charlotte, NC? Call Legacy today.
The struggle among those who identify as LGBT to take control of their mental health is not new. Depression runs rampant in this community. Accepting mental illness as a part of oneself while struggling to be accepted by friends, family members, or other loved ones because of their sexual preference adds another dimension to the struggle that this community faces with its members' mental health.
In fact, more than one in five LGBT persons reported hiding information about their sexuality from their physician or other healthcare professional in order to get fair treatment. Thirty percent of the transgender community said they avoided medical care due to disrespect or discrimination. These startling statistics are a direct response to the lack of acceptance that LGBT individuals feel. The mental health and personal safety of this community are significantly impacted by the social and familial acceptance of their sexual orientation.
Drag queen and megastar Katya recently announced that she would be taking a hiatus from drag. Fans of Katya were caught off guard. The star has never been reluctant to share her mental health struggles and her troubles with addiction. In an Instagram post, she stated that her health was the most important thing. Since the announcement, a European drag tour that she was to headline has been postponed, and several of her contemporaries in the drag world have applauded her moment of vulnerability. Katya's social share has opened up a painful but needed conversation about the state of mental health in the LGBT community. Other drag performers have come forward and shared their own struggles with depression, anxiety, and addiction.
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If you, or someone you love, are a member of the LGBT community and are struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, or eating disorders, we can help. Legacy Freedom of Charlotte believes in providing quality mental health care for all of our clients. By combining a traditional talk therapy approach and alternative treatment methods, our care team will create a care plan that is unique to your needs and treatment goals. To learn more about our alternative therapy offerings see our previous blog posts.
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