Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Lesbian, gay and bisexual people and mental-health services

Lesbian, gay and bisexual people are twice as likely as heterosexual men and women to seek help from mental-health professionals, according to a survey of 2,074 people carried out by researchers at the University of California Los Angeles School of Public Health. 48.5% of lesbian, gay and bisexual people reported receiving treatment in the last year compared to 22.5% of heterosexuals. Overall lesbians and bisexual women were most likely to receive treatment and heterosexual men least likely. The researchers thought that this could be because of the discrimination faced by lesbian, gay and bisexual people, because certain ethnic groups perceived homosexuality to be a psychological problem and because there is more willingness to see a mental-health professional among lesbian, gay and bisexual people. The study also found that ethnic and racial minorities were less likely to use mental-health services.

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1 comment:

Ken Howard, LCSW said...

As a gay man and as a licensed psychotherapist specializing in serving gay men for local counseling and psychotherapy and local/remote coaching, I see the benefits every day of gay men who avail themselves of therapy -- either to "solve problems", or merely to get support for the goals they set for themselves. I work with straight men, too, who also need support for "having feelings", which many in society believe straight men generally "don't have". If one can afford the obvious investment in time and money of these services, they are usually better off. Therapy is like the AA saying, "It works if you work it!" --