By Sana
BHMS and Yoga Trainer
23 June 2022 -
Medically reviewed by
Dhanashree
MA (Psychology)
Why Are Lesbians Reluctant To Get Help For Mental Health?
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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.

Forget what's outside! Focus on what's inside!

What Is Lesbian

A lesbian is a homosexual woman. Even the word lesbian is used for females who connect their sexual identities or sexual behaviour apart from their sexual orientation or as an adjective to characterize or associate nouns with female homosexuality or same-sex attraction. Women usually realize they are feeling attracted to someone of the same sexuality. It is observed that women usually say their primary identity, whether physical, emotional, or sexual, is for women. Many women state they have lesbian experiences or felling in their day-to-day life. But from that, they don't think of themselves as a lesbian. (Solarz, A.L. ed., 1999)

REMEMBER-

It is very natural for people to be attracted to members of their sexuality.

It is very healthy, very normal, and healthy physically and mentally as well to be a lesbian.

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Why Are Lesbians Reluctant to Get Help for Mental Health?

The LGBTQ+ community faces social bias on the next level. However, some significant movements are going on with society, helping to shift the focus on being mentally and socially open. More and more from the community are being mentally open-minded and liberal. Even though lesbians and homosexual women are affected by the social stigma on the majority level, with high rates of substance abuse and mental health issues in the community, barriers to treatment include a reluctance to seek treatment from potentially biased health care providers and a deficiency in training health care providers on the unique physical and emotional needs of the LGBTQ community. Following are some major reasons lesbians are reluctant to get mental help.

The Common Occurrence of Substance Abuse –

Many earlier studies in the latter part of the 20th century identify some factors associated with the Common Occurrence of Substance Abuse among the LGBTQ community.

According to Beatty et al., 1997 and Weber, 2008, individuals in this demographic experience shame and ostracism once they have disclosed their sexual orientation.

 

This discrimination against the lesbian community and the bad experience faced by the lesbian community place them into a position where they tend to have a higher risk for suicidal reactions or mental illness and verbal and physical abuse.

Due to such experience, they tend to undergo substance abuse than the actual psychiatric treatment. That's why the lesbian community is reluctant to get help for mental health stability. 

Prevalence of Mood Disorders-

The prevalence and correlates of mood disorders among people who self-identify as lesbian are poorly understood. Therefore, the current analysis was undertaken to estimate the prevalence and correlates of self-reported mood disorders among a nationally representative sample of Canadian adults (ages 18 to 59 years). And it showed a majority of lesbians suffer from mood disorders. And they cannot understand the actual problem in the first place, and even though they realize the issue due to social stigma, there is a general reluctance toward mental health treatment.

Contributing Factors to Psychologic Abuse

Many earlier studies in the latter part of the 20th century identify some factors associated with the higher prevalence of substance abuse and mood disorders among the LGBTQ community.

Individuals in this demographic experience shame and ostracism once they have disclosed their sexual orientation. Discrimination among heterosexual and homophobic populations experienced by the LGBTQ population places these individuals at a higher risk for suicide, mental illness, and verbal and physical abuse.

The incidence of avoidance behaviours on behalf of the majority heterosexual population creates more elevated amounts of emotional and physical stress for both gay and bisexual men and women. Lesbians face majorly physical abuse while having the connections they imagine to be romantic. And that isn't comforting to the mental health of the same. This makes them majorly introverted. they try to get away from the society they live in, and then it gets hard again

Attitudes of Healthcare

Recent studies indicate that substance abuse treatment programs offering group therapy and programs geared toward their LGBTQ patients had better treatment outcomes than those that did not offer these options.

As of 2015, only 7.4% of addiction recovery centres provided this option. Research also indicates that healthcare community members feel they lack the training and preparation to manage the specific needs of gay and bisexual women and men.

A 2010 research study of physicians in Upstate New York reported that 43% of physician respondents stated that they were unaware of the association between LGBTQ adolescents and suicidal behaviour. Less than half of the surveyed doctors felt they had the appropriate skills to diagnose and treat the unique issues presented by same-sex orientation in their adolescent patient population. And that makes them alone from inside. their mind gets distracted with other things they face, all the hassle to get validation from the society. so that makes them go away from the community, and they become reluctant to get mental help

Lack of Education.

Yes definitely! Lack of knowledge is a major contributing factor. There are still a lot of areas where the actual knowledge about the LGBTQ community and different sexualities can help reduce the stress faced by the lesbian community. Education can foster the acceptance of LGBTQ. This education of approval can be done formally, with the inclusion of chapters in the mainstream education, as well as it can be done informally. Including Lesbian characters in Films and television series will help increase lesbian social acceptance.

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

Our suggestion to the Lesbian 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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