LGBTQ Client Care

Battling the "Dual Stigma"

According to the National Association for Mental Illness (NAMI), LGBTQ individuals are almost 3 times more likely than others to experience a mental health condition such as major depression or generalized anxiety disorder.

 

Many LGBTQ individuals report encountering a “dual” or “double stigma” when struggling to deal with mental health issues.

 

Social prejudices and fears about coming out to friends and family can intensify emotional challenges, making it even more important for LGBT individuals to build a strong support system as they work through life’s challenges.

 

This fear of coming out and being discriminated against for sexual orientation and gender identities can lead to depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, thoughts of suicide and substance abuse.

LGBT people must confront stigma and prejudice based on their sexual orientation or gender identity while also dealing with the societal bias against mental health conditions.  As a community, LGBTQ individuals do not often talk about mental health and may lack awareness about mental health conditions. This sometimes prevents people from seeking the treatment and support that they need to get better.​

Family Psychiatry offers a 100% stigma-free environment where all of our clients can feel safe.  As a strict, confidential, psychiatric practice, we believe everyone deserves access to mental health care wherever and whenever they need it.  Our team of professionals offers support to all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning individuals and their families.

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Ask yourself:
  • Do you feel “out” to everyone?

  • Do others support your relationships?

  • Do you feel alienated from family or friends?

  • Do you ask yourself, “Who am I really?”

  • Do you really know your true, authentic self?

  • Do you often make choices based on your audience at the time?