When LGBT Discrimination, Stigma Affects Your Mental Health
We at American Behavioral Clinics, proudly support the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. Our mental health professionals understand that there are many stressful obstacles faced during the intimate journey of personal realization and sexual orientation. Throughout this process, it is imperative that patients feel supported and able to speak freely in order to benefit from the professional help that is offered.
LGBT individuals often obtain professional help at American Behavioral Clinics for many of the clinical and life issues. Many of these issues include anxiety, addiction, substance abuse, depression, grief, couple’s therapy, work stress, and many more. LGBTs may experience many of these issues related to their sexual or gender orientation status, while some of the issues may have little association. However, statistically LGBTs are more likely to seek treatment and help for abuse and addiction problems as opposed to heterosexuals. Many individuals are confronted with the double stigma of both their LGBT orientation and mental health issues.
LGBT Stigma and Mental Health Issues
LGBT individuals are at a higher risk of experiencing discrimination and LGBT stigma which may take various forms that include hate crimes, physical and verbal bullying, and harassment. Repeated daily episodes of discrimination and stigma, LGBT individuals face often lead to diminished mental health.
Contact American Behavioral Clinics for much needed healing and support especially when experiencing the following issues:
✅ Heterosexism discrimination; school, home, and workplace
✅ Feeling of shame
✅ Family rejection
✅ Understanding and acceptance among peers and loved ones
✅ Low self-esteem
✅ Depression and anxiety
✅ Lack of societal support for self and relationships
Suicidal – teens are 2-3 times more likely to commit suicide than other youth, 30% are completed due to sexual identity crisis
Our services at ABC include individual and family therapy. Through these services, clients can get the help they need in all areas of their lives. Individual therapy provides clients the safe, secure space to discover themselves. Family therapy provides help for families that are having trouble adapting to life changes in regard to their child, sibling, or spouse. These sessions provide families with knowledge about gender identity, sexual orientation and a safe space to share their feelings.