A recent survey undertaken by a media group has found that members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community were more likely to fall prey to mood or mental health disorders. According to the findings, 64.35 percent of respondents mentioned that they were either living with or had been diagnosed with some form of anxiety disorder. Another 49.63 percent of the participants revealed that they had a mood disorder which ranged from minor blues to something as complex as bipolar disorder.
Other mental health disorders common among the LGBTQ community are as below:
- Eating disorders, resulting in either obesity or anorexia
- Impulse control disorder characterized by the desire to give in to temptations without second thought
- Addiction to drugs, alcohol, etc.
- Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) arising from a past trauma.
The study also exposed the nexus between drugs and LGBTQ behavior, with many people resorting to the abuse of marijuana, cocaine or ecstasy to cope with their fragile mental health condition. Surprisingly, the anti-anxiety medication, Xanax, was common use for members of the community as opposed to the widespread prevalence of opioid painkillers by the general populace.
Shame and social rejection
The year 2017 was a mixed one for the LGBTQ community. While on one hand, Danica Roem became the first transgender woman to win a state legislature seat, President Donald Trump went on to ban transgender from serving in any capacity in the military. As is apparent, troubles of the community are far from over. For every step forward for ensuring their assimilation in society, many wind backward.
Though there has been a significant change in the attitude of people toward the community, there is still a long way to go with regard to getting into the mainstream of American social and political life. Discrimination remains a norm, and violence and poverty are in abundance. Mental health conditions are results of the widespread stigma and the alienation. In social gatherings, while straight couples can readily talk about their marital status, it is difficult for lesbian/gay people to talk about the same despite the Supreme Court ruling in favor of same sex marriage. The inability to air their feeling in social gatherings and remaining guarded most of the time add to their anxiety. To cope with the situation, lesbian/gay couples resort to medications such as Xanax and benzos.
Irrespective of the ruling, there is widespread homophobia, which has far-reaching impact on the life of a person belonging to the LGBT community. Whether it is school, college or public life, members of the community are more likely to suffer from violent onslaughts. This could be both physical as well as verbal, but the impact of both in causing anxiety, depression and PTSD in the individual is the same.
Professional help is necessary
Anxiety is one of the commonest mental health disorders in the U.S. It is estimated that nearly 18 percent of the adult population in the country suffer from an anxiety disorder. Although mild anxiety can be easily controlled, in case one suffers from debilitating after effects of anxiety such as shaking hands, blurred vision and restlessness, it is essential to seek professional help.
If you or your loved one is struggling with anxiety problems, contact Sovereign Health, one of the leading treatment centers for anxiety disorders in California. Our trained experts provide evidence-based treatment to facilitate fast recovery and help a patient enjoy better quality of life. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 866-973-7164 or chat online with one of our counselors to know more about our anxiety disorders treatment centers in California.