LGBTQ

What is LGBTQ?

LGBTQ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning. Because of how other people react to one's sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, young people who identify as LGBTQ+ may face a variety of difficulties. This is especially true for young people who are unsure of their gender identity or sexual orientation or who fear that others would mistake them for being LGBTQ+ or gender variant. LGBTQ people are more prone to experience mental health problems because they are more likely to face stigma, discrimination, and negative or traumatic situations. Due to a number of harmful preconceptions surrounding the LGBTQ community, some people may find it difficult to be open about their identity. Keeping their true identity a secret can make them feel more alone.

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Causes

Your sexual orientation is not a choice; it is a natural aspect of who you are. Over the course of your life, your sexual orientation could change. The reasons behind someone's lesbian, gay, straight, or bisexual orientation are not fully understood. However, studies suggest that biological variables that begin before birth may have a role in the development of sexual orientation. People don't choose who they are attracted to, and neither counselling nor other forms of persuasion can alter someone's sexual orientation. Acceptance is the best way to resolve such conflict.

Signs & Symptoms

Academic Issue

Academic Issue

Behavior change

Behavior change

Disengagement

Disengagement

Hopelessness

Hopelessness

Nervousness

Nervousness

Sad

Sad

Self Doubt

Self Doubt

Self Harm

Self Harm

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Sexual Experimental LGBTQ

Social Isolation

Social Isolation

Stomach ache

Stomach ache

Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse

Self - Care Tips

Educate yourself and the community

Educate yourself and the community

Communicate to your close ones who you trust will understand

Communicate to your close ones who you trust will understand

Express how you feel

Express how you feel

Keep yourself focused on your goals

Keep yourself focused on your goals

Take small steps at a time

Take small steps at a time

Seek support

Seek support

Accept yourself for who you are

Accept yourself for who you are

Stand up for yourself and your community

Stand up for yourself and your community

Frequently Asked Questions

The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) population suffers difficulties and mental health concerns, much like any other group. However, those who identify as LGBTQ are approximately three times more likely than the general population to suffer from a mental health disorder like depression or anxiety. Additionally, melancholy or anxiety affect more than half of those who identify as transgender. The risk of suicide is considerably higher among the LGBTQ population. Young people are particularly vulnerable because they may lack parental support and face intimidation, hostility, or prejudice at school. You do not have to suffer in silence if you are a member of the LGBTQ community and are having mental health issues.

Individual LGBTQ counselling can assist with:

  • Investigating your sexual preference.
  • Considering telling friends and family you are gay.
  • investigating your gender identity or expression.
  • managing or recognizing depression, anxiety, or gender dysphoria.
  • reducing difficulties including addiction, parental troubles, sexual dysfunction, addiction, and marital problems.


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