How sexuality connects to mental health

, | | September 7, 2016
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[T]here is general agreement on the observation at the heart of Part Two: lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) subpopulations are at higher risk, compared to the general population, of numerous mental health problems.

Compiling the risk ratios found in [research] papers, the authors estimated that lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals had a 2.47 times higher lifetime risk than heterosexuals for suicide attempts,…about twice as likely to experience depression over a twelve-month period, and approximately 1.5 times as likely to experience anxiety disorders.

Despite the limits of the scientific understanding[,]…much of the public effort to ameliorate these problems is motivated by…the social stress model[, which]…posits that discrimination, stigmatization, and other similar stresses contribute to poor mental health outcomes among sexual minorities.

There is evidence linking some forms of mistreatment, stigmatization, and discrimination to some of the poor mental health outcomes experienced by non-heterosexuals, but it is far from clear that these factors account for all of the disparities between the heterosexual and non-heterosexual populations.

This is part two of a four-part series.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full, original post: Part Two: Sexuality, Mental Health Outcomes, and Social Stress 

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