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Mental Health in the LGBTQIA+ Community: Stigma and Solutions.

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  • Being part of a minority group can lead to severe mental health issues.
  • 4 conditions and their warning signs.
  • How to support individuals in these situations?

What are the mental health issues in the LGBTQIA+ community?

Mental health problems are an ongoing battle for the LGBTQIA+ community: Stigmatization, lack of opportunities, and various situations.

Such as family rejection can affect the emotional and psychological stability of individuals. But what are the most common ailments?

Find out the most common mental health issues among LGBTQIA+ community members, their causes, and who within this group is most susceptible:

Anxiety: A Major Mental Health Issue in the LGBTQIA+ Community

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Anxiety is present in about one in five adults in the US, but it’s even more common in the LGBTQIA+ community.

A survey conducted by Rainbow Health found that 90% of LGBTQIA+ adults and people of color reported suffering from serious anxiety episodes.

Most LGBTQIA+ adults with anxiety have experienced physical and verbal attacks due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.

The constant fear of rejection or physical assault increases the risk of anxiety. Fortunately, organizations like The Trevor Project and the National LGBT Help Center offer resources to improve mental health.

Mental Health in the LGBTQIA+ Community: Depression and Suicidal Ideation

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In the US, depression affects more than 17 million adults and over 3 million youths. However, studies have shown that LGBTQIA+ individuals are more prone to depression.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note that LGBTQIA+ youths are among the primary groups using illegal substances.

Moreover, suicidal ideation is another pressing issue, being the second most common cause of death for those aged 10 to 34 in the US.

A concerning statistic from 2019 reported that 23% of youths in this community attempted suicide at least once.

Substance Abuse

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A 2020 survey found that minority groups, especially the LGBTQIA+ community, have a higher incidence of substance use, including marijuana, tobacco, heroin, opioids, and alcohol.

Although a high percentage of heterosexual individuals also consume these substances, there’s a more significant inclination among minority groups.

The silver lining is that LGBTQIA+ individuals with severe substance abuse often respond positively to intervention treatments.

Research has shown that support networks are vital for improving patients’ mental health.

Eating Disorders

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There are certain issues might contribute to eating disorders within the LGBTQIA+ community

As discrimination based on sexual orientation, physical and mental abuse in family and work environments, traumatic experiences, bullying, and the discord between gender identity and assigned birth gender.

In a study of gay and bisexual youths, a large percentage admitted to engaging in practices like prolonged fasting, vomiting, laxative consumption, binge eating.

Or taking weight loss pills due to anxiety, depression, or their living conditions, as well as societal expectations.

In these situations, individuals can seek help from associations dedicated to the physical and mental health of the entire LGBTQIA+ community.

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