Discrimination Contributes to
LGBT Depression Rates
by GayHealth Staff
Social stigma and discrimination puts LGBT people at greater risk for depression, anxiety and other psychological illnesses, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health.
Several studies have suggested that LGBT people are at greater risk for anxiety and depression compared with heterosexual people. Researchers led by Dr. Susan D. Cochran from the University of California, Los Angeles analyzed the role discrimination plays in the risk of depressive disorders.
Depression topped the list of LGBT health concerns in the GayHealth.com yearly survey of more than 1000 people conducted in May 2001. In addition, more than 50 percent of respondents were diagnosed with anxiety or depression.
Updated: Monday, 5 November 2001
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