The risk of a mental health condition such as depression, anxiety, or PTSD is almost three times as high for individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning/queer, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Importantly, suicide attempts and substance abuse are significantly increased in members of the LGBTQ community. It’s been shown that the stigma from family, friends, and society can increase the personal struggles of individuals, leading to increased rates of these symptoms. Given the opportunity to be open and supported in their identity can help alleviate some of the symptoms of depression, anxiety, and addiction issues.
Younger individuals may encounter bullying and teasing in school or may struggle with conflict about opening up to family and friends. They may also be faced with homophobia or transphobia by the media, the internet, friends, and family.
Our therapists are trained to offer support and guidance on how to cope through these experiences and gain self-acceptance and confidence despite these challenges. Please contact us so we can work together.