A person’s sexual or romantic orientation, gender, or identity isn’t always associated with distress. Those who choose to identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, or any other type of non-conforming sexual or gender identity, usually find that social stigma of living as a sexual minority may experience high levels of anxiety and stress.
When seeking therapy for issues related to sexual, romantic, or gender identity it is crucial to find an expert who has background and experience with cases of LGBTQ is critical for success.
Youth who identify as LGBTQ are at an increased risk for developing suicidal thoughts, and performing self-harm. This is due to the discrimination based upon their sexual or gender identity. Discrimination can be performed in many different ways, such ways include; verbal and physical bullying, social rejection, sexual assault. These actions of discrimination has been found to lead to the declined of mental health. Adults may also have experienced forms of critical harassment due to their sexuality. Other common examples of discrimination are found in regards to employment, education, basic human rights, and housing. Although there are numerous therapists that are qualified to help, LGBTQ clients often feel more comfortable when confiding in a therapist who also identifies as LGBTQ or specialized with who people who are. The communities who don’t have access to their preferred specialized can usually get in contact through phone, or chat rooms. Those who are seeking reassignment surgery are almost always required to seek therapy before undergoing the surgery to ensure their choice is something they are not going to regret later down the road.
Gender dysphoria is listed as a psychological condition for the significant distress a person can experience when a person’s gender identity or gender expression does not match with that person’s assigned at birth physical sex.
Diagnosis of gender dysphoria in adults requires:
Diagnosis of gender dysphoria in children requires:
Those who identify as LBGTQ between preteen to adults can join support groups, and seek therapies for any negative thoughts or feelings they may have. When talking in a group with people like themselves, and sharing their experiences on being LBGTQ the feelings of not being alone, and having friends who understand, can uplift ones spirit.
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