Understanding the Needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People Living With Mental Illness

Christian Huygen, PhD

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People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) face particular obstacles, barriers, and challenges that frequently make it difficult for them to find and receive competent and affirming healthcare. Because of this, they may experience a higher degree of distress and symptoms than their non-LGBT counterparts. These issues also make it difficult for LGBT people to receive optimal mental healthcare. This article describes some of these issues and challenges and provides guidelines for affirmative treatment.

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