LGBTQIA+

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SpotLyte Behavioral Health

Behavioral Health & Therapy Services located in Downingtown, PA

The LGBTQIA+ community faces unique challenges at work, school, and even within their own families. With a versatile team of psychologists, social workers, and psychiatrists, SpotLyte Behavioral Health has the specialized training to support individuals in the LGBTQIA+ community at their office in Downingtown. From bisexuality to gender identity issues, the team provides a safe, open environment for you to feel heard and understood. Call SpotLyte Behavioral Health or schedule an appointment online to learn more.

LGBTQIA+ Q & A

What does LGBTQIA+ mean?

LGBTQIA+ represents lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, genderqueer, queer, intersex, agender, and asexual communities, as well as other communities that identify as queer.

Many individuals in these marginalized communities experience public and private discrimination that can be detrimental to their mental health. In addition, they may be struggling to come to terms with their sexual or gender identity, which can significantly impact an individual’s self-esteem.

What issues does the LGBTQIA+ community face?

According to the American Psychiatric Association, LGBTQIA+ individuals are about 2½ times more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression, and substance abuse than heterosexual individuals.

Navigating life as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community can be challenging, particularly for those living in areas without a significant LGBTQIA+ population. Individuals in these communities can feel lonely, misunderstood, and stigmatized. 

Some of the most common issues that individuals in the LGBTQIA+ community face include:

Trauma

Identity-based shame, bullying, and rejection are common within the LGBTQIA+ community. Many of these individuals experience higher levels of harassment, physical and emotional abuse, and bullying than heterosexual and cisgender individuals. 

Substance use

Alcohol and drug use are common coping mechanisms for trauma. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), members of the LGBTQIA+ community are nearly twice as likely to experience substance abuse than heterosexual individuals.

Discrimination

Discrimination against LGBTQIA+ individuals remains high in school, the workplace, and social settings. Individuals in these communities often experience rejection from job opportunities, faith-based organizations, and even from close friends and relatives.

Suicide

Lack of support from family, friends, and the communities where these individuals live means that many members of the LGBTQIA+ community suffer in silence. The LGBTQIA+ population is at a higher risk of suicide and suicidal thoughts than heterosexual individuals.

How can therapy help LGBTQIA+ communities?

No matter your sexual orientation or gender identity, feeling valued and understood is essential for your mental health. 

Finding an LGBTQIA+-inclusive mental health provider gives you the opportunity to talk about your feelings and emotions with someone who understands how homophobia and transphobia affect your relationships, career, and family life.

The team at SpotLyte Behavioral Health works with you to create helpful coping mechanisms for working through LGBTQIA+ trauma in a positive, supportive environment.

To learn more, call SpotLyte Behavioral Health or schedule an appointment online today.