Belonging to an LGBTQ+ community can be challenging; it is difficult from the start of their lives when they realise they have a different type of sexual orientation that is not socially acceptable and can be embarrassing. These people experience psychological pain, anxiety, depression, loneliness, and a sense of inferiority toward themselves and the world around them, necessitating frequent visits to counsellors or therapists.
Issues and challenges
- Individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ may struggle in school/college/office because they are pressured to dress in a way that corresponds to their sex at birth, or they are afraid of being bullied or teased.
- People who identify as LGBTQ+ face discrimination on a regular basis, which causes stress.
- Accessing health and mental health treatments can be difficult due to a lack of qualified care providers and a fear of stigma.
- Fear of being "outed" and anxiety about their own identity, acceptance, safety, and so on cause significant disturbances as well as mood-related issues.
- A lower sense of self developed in LGBTQ+ people as a result of long-term stress related to their sexual orientation or gender identity often leads them to internalise and comprehend their differences as negative attributes about themselves.
Myths and Facts
Myth: Lesbians, gays, and bisexuals can be determined by particular physical qualities, characteristics or traits.
Facts: Lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer people come in the same variety of shapes, colours, and sizes as heterosexual people.
Myth: Homosexuality can be cured
Facts: Therapy, medication and surgery cannot change sexual orientation.
Myth: Homosexuality is abnormal
Facts: LGBTQ+ people have the same level of mental health as anyone else.
Myth: An LGBTQ+ person is a danger to children
Facts: LGBTQ+ individuals are no more likely than anyone else to molest children.
Myths: LGBTQ+ people do not make good parent
Facts: It doesn't matter if you're gay or straight; both can be amazing parents.
How do you know you need counselling/Therapy?
Check the following points to see if you need counselling or therapy:
- If you want to make a change but are unable to do so on your own, you should consider seeking counselling.
- You are experiencing disruptions in your day-to-day life, such as work, social engagement, and so on.
- You are experiencing disruptions that are affecting your overall well-being.
- You're experiencing extreme emotions. For example, you're either overjoyed or overly angry.
- You're having trouble understanding your emotions or making sense of what's going on around you.
- Disconnection from oneself and one's loved ones.
Role of Counseling
Therapists who specialise in LGBTQ+ issues can greatly assist in recovering from the risks associated with sexual orientation. The therapists are well-versed in dealing with concerns of LGBTQ+ issues. They can assist in overcoming the depression, stress, self-confidence, self-esteem, and anxiety associated with this condition through emotional exploration, cognitive restructuring, and problem solving, among other techniques. The client and therapist can collaborate to set short-term and long-term goals for dealing with LGBTQ+ issues. Counselling can help in making family members, primary care providers and schoolteachers sensitized regarding gender and sexuality and prevent bullying andabuse.
How can TalktoAngel help you overcoming the effects of LGTBQ+ Related Issues?
TalktoAngel is India’s best online counselling platform offering high-quality online counselling and therapy services. Our team of online counsellors are qualified and certified top psychologists in India, who are experienced in handling LGBTQ+ issues effectively. They are also trained to counsel on gender dysphoria. Studies have shown that online mental health counselling services are just as effective as traditional methods for people to discuss and expression their concerns regarding their sexual orientation. Furthermore, at TalktoAngel, we prioritise your needs. We can assist one to connect with the top psychologists in India who can provide comfortable, affordable and confidential online counselling from any corner of the world, at any time as per your comfort and convenience at the tip of your fingers.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What causes sexual orientation?There is no agreement among scientists about the precise reasons for particular sexual orientations, but many studies point to the possible role of genetic, hormonal, developmental, social, and cultural influences on sexual orientation. Many people believe that both nature and nurture play a role in determining who we are attracted to.
Is LGBTQ+ a mental disorder?Identifying as LGBTQ+ is not a mental disorder. People don’t opt for their sexual orientation, they are born with. No situation, personality trait, or trauma can a person’s sexual orientation.
Does poor parenting lead to homosexuality or change in sexual orientation?No. Parenting style or poor parenting has no relation in deciding the sexual orientation of an individual.
What are transgender communities?Transgender is a broad term for people who experience their gender identity or express their gender in ways that do not conform to societal expectations based on the gender or sex they were assigned sex at birth. The antonym to transgender is cisgender, which refers to people whose gender identity matches their assigned gender at birth. “Cisgender” does not indicate biology, gender expression, or sexuality/sexual orientation.
Who are intersex Communities?Intersex is a general term referred to individuals born with, or who develop naturally in puberty, biological sex characteristics which are not typically male or female. That is, a person with an intersex condition is born with sex chromosomes, external genitalia, or an internal reproductive system that is not considered typical for a male or female.
Why do you use term LGBTIQA+ communities (instead of community)?The term has no one monolithic "LGBTIQA+ community”. Everybody has multiple, intersecting identities (e.g., racial/ethnic identity, gender identity, ability status, educational background, income level, faith or religious affiliation, national origin). There are commonalities of experience among of being are marginalized on the basis sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression however to discard the diversity of lived experience on these intersecting identities feels disrespectful and is inaccurate.
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