Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and/or intersex.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex and transgender and gender diverse people are much more likely to experience depression and anxiety than the broader population.
Issues such as acceptance. relationships, gender dysphoria ( unease or dissatisfaction with the biological sex you are born with ), coming out, self image and family and social attitudes all contribute to anxiety and depression within the LGBTI community. Researchers at Drexel University, found there is a general lack of acceptance for bisexuality which is behind an increased risk for depression, anxiety, substance use and suicidal thoughts. As someone from the LGBTI community you may have to deal with difficult issues (work, relationships, Families, school). There may be issues relating specifically to sexuality (homophobic or transphobic attitudes from others), your own internalised phobias or self-image, trauma from bulling, abuse or alienation from your family, friends or religion and stress that builds up as a result of feeling different or unaccepted.
Even where you may feel comfortable to define your sexuality, be that gay, straight, transgendered, bi-sexual, or something else you might find it takes time to fully understand your own sexuality. Going through that process can be difficult and uncertain. There may be times when you feel alone, or feel as if nobody will understand or accept you.
Our team has experience in dealing with issues specifically related to individuals from the LGBTI community, their families, partners and schools.