They also face a greater risk of harassment and violence. As a result of these and other stressors, sexual minorities are at increased risk for various behavioral health issues. A survey conducted by the U. Census Bureau found that a higher percentage of LGBT adults between 18 and 64 reported past-year binge drinking five or more drinks on a single occasion than heterosexual adults. In one meta-analysis, LGB adolescents were 90 percent more likely to use substances than heterosexual adolescents, and the difference was particularly pronounced in some subpopulations; bisexual adolescents used substances at 3.
Bisexual Men Who Keep Orientation a Secret Likely Experience Depression
Mental Health for Gay and Bisexual Men | CDC
Autostraddle, for example, chided the Times for downplaying the experience of bi women and for focusing primarily on researcher Michael Bailey, who has a history of being dubious about the nature of bisexuality. Though certainly posing questions about how to support the bi community, the article focused simply on some of the research that proves people can have a sexual orientation that is not limited to one gender. Stern posits a hypothesis that bisexual advocacy has stalled because there is no culture tied to the identity in the way there is, for example, with gay culture: The problem lies not in bisexuality itself, but in the modern bisexual movement, which has failed to articulate a coherent platform beyond its initial goals of recognition. Bi people deserve better than that. But Stern is both negating the importance of bisexual visibility itself and possibly blaming bi people for their own oppression.
Bisexual Men on the "Down Low" Run Risk for Poor Mental Health
Abstract Objectives We tested the preliminary efficacy of a transdiagnostic cognitive behavioral treatment adapted to improve depression, anxiety, and co-occurring health risks i. Treatment adaptations focused on reducing minority stress processes that underlie sexual orientation-related mental health disparities. At baseline, 3-month, and 6-month assessments, participants completed self-reports of mental health and minority stress and an interview of pastday risk behavior. Effects were generally maintained at follow-up. Minority stress processes showed small improvements in the expected direction.
Well, then you might be suffering from major depressive disorder. Characterized by symptoms that interfere with your ability to work, sleep, and eat that persist for at least two weeks, MDD is very common and affects millions of people. As reported in the American Journal of Psychiatry, gay men indeed have higher rates of depression than the general population.