Mental Health Professional: Being LGBT Often Means PTSD
“Trauma is correlated with medical conditions such as diabetes, chronic pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, heart disease, liver disease, sexually transmitted infections, and lower life expectancy. We see patients firsthand who struggle not only with violence and discrimination, but also with symptoms of trauma and an increased likelihood of medical problems.”
— Dr. David A. Guggenheim — chief mental health officer at New York City’s Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, an LGBTQ community health center that’s one of the largest providers of trans care in the U.S. — writing in Advocate.com about how queer people experience greater amounts of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and health problems as a result. Guggenheim’s column starts with mention of the Orlando Shooting but also talks about violence against transgender people and discrimination against people with HIV. Previous studies have shown poor health outcomes for bisexuals because of bi-phobia as well.
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