By Sana
BHMS and Yoga Trainer
23 June 2022 -
Medically reviewed by
Dhanashree
MA (Psychology)
Bisexual and Mental Health
Table of Contents

PRIDE WEEK of MENTAL HEALTH-

As you know, we are celebrating the last week of pride month as Pride week of mental health. Pride month is celebrated globally to support our dear friends and cherish their freedom of sexualities.

While doing so, we as a 'Practical Anxiety solution' team believe that not only the outer world nor the society we live in needs some change. To be at peace, we must have a mental health awareness movement among the LGBTQ+ community. 

This is our way to support the ongoing pride month! Pride Week of Mental Health.

What is Bisexuality?

In the broadest definition, someone who identifies as bisexual is attracted to humans of more than one gender. The American Institute of Bisexuality and the UK’s Bisexual Index emphasize the inclusivity and openness of the bisexual identity.

It refers to humans who are attracted to both men and women, humans who are attracted to one gender more than another (but not exclusively), and humans who view their attraction to others based on categories and feelings other than gender.

Concerning the Kinsey Scale, a bisexual human can be either classified as mostly straight or primarily gay or lesbian and anything in between those two variables. (Klein, F., 2014

BISEXUAL WOMEN AND MENTAL HEALTH -

Depression and Bisexuality

Over the past decade, evidence suggests that bisexual people experience higher rates of poor mental health outcomes compared to heterosexual and other individuals.

To address this research gap, we conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies that reported bisexual-specific data on standardized depression or Anxiety measures. 

 Depression and Anxiety rates among heterosexual people are much low. In contrast, bisexual people exhibit higher or equivalent rates than lesbian/gay people. There are three interrelated contributors to these disparities based on empirical and theoretical literature. 

1) Experiences of sexual orientation-based discrimination,

2)Bisexual invisibility/erasure.

3)Lack of bisexual-affirmative support.

 

Anxiety and Bisexuality

A systematic study in 2018 showed a sudden rise in the Anxiety ratio among bisexual individuals. Surprisingly enough, in 2020, this graph kept on rising. That shows the level of Anxiety rising in the bisexual community. Bisexual women are 20% more likely to experience Anxiety than lesbians. 

the solution to the Anxiety-

here are four quick steps you can take to get away from Anxiety.

  1. Question your thought pattern.
  2. Practice focused, deep breathing.
  3. Use aromatherapy.
  4. Go for a long walk or do yoga

Stress and Bisexuality

Bisexual individuals are always at a high risk of getting sick mentally. There is always stress on their head due to the social stigma, and they face minority stress all the time. 

Future research should continue to examine how different dimensions of bisexuality relate to health disparities and the factors that influence them. There is also a pressing need to evolve the existing system, test, and disseminate interventions to improve the health of bisexual individuals.

there are some tips to get away from the social stress-

  1. Breath - always take some good long breaths to get away from stress. Having a habit of yoga or even walking will help you have a keener breathing cycle.
  2. Listen to Music- It doesn’t matter which music you listen to but always spends a good amount of time listening to music. It creates a soothing wipe and helps you clear your mind. classical music can help you to relax your mind.
  3. Find the Sun- always look for fresh sunlight, and head outside! it helps you to lift your spirit. it is always recommended for people who suffer from depression. and can cheer them up. 

Substance Misuse and Bisexuality

Analyzing survey data found that bisexual individuals use substances more than heterosexuals. Bisexual women are always at the highest risk. There’s a full spectrum of substance use in the LGBTQ community. Bisexuals are more likely to experience everything from marijuana use, which may be casual or occasional (40% of bi women use marijuana, as opposed to 26.1% of lesbians and 10.3% of heterosexual women), to alcohol use disorder (12.5% of bisexual women, compared to 7.7% of lesbian and 3.9% of heterosexual women) and opioid misuse (including 12.6% of bisexual women, 7.0% of lesbian, and 3.5% of heterosexual women).

There are some solutions to this-

  1. Effectively deal with peer pressure.
  2. Deal with life pressure.
  3. Seek help for mental illness.
  4. Examine every risk factor.
  5. Keep a well-balanced life (Pompili, M., Lester, D., Forte, A., Seretti, M.E., Erbuto, D., Lamis, D.A., Amore, M. and Girardi, P., 2014)

3 easy steps to get away from depression. -

Therapy: Therapy can be a very effective treatment for depression. Most therapists require you to meet with them regularly or over the Internet via telecommunication. Weekly sessions can help you deal with stressful situations, address your negative beliefs, cope with challenges, and increase your self-esteem—all of which help treat depression. 

Lifestyle Changes: In addition to medication and therapy, changing some negative behaviors and habits can help treat depression. Get a hobby to cope with the social stigma. 

Medication: The most common treatment for depression is the use of antidepressants. These drugs balance chemicals in your brain called neurotransmitters that affect mood and emotions. There are several categories of antidepressants.

FORGET WHAT'S OUTSIDE! FOCUS ON WHAT'S INSIDE!

Our suggestion to the bisexual community out there is never to focus on what's going on outside. In the outside world, it may be your pretentious friends, maybe someone notorious from your family, or even someone from your professional circle. Never focus on the outer negative world; focus on what actually matters. Your MIND! Your mind being at peace is the only way to achieve sheer positivity and comfort even in the long ongoing social hassle. Never ever focus on what's outside; focus on what really matters! You!

Happy Pride Month to All 'Practical Anxiety Solutions users. Stay mentally fit. Stay happy!

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