Published On: Mon, Mar 21st, 2016

Lesbian, gay, bisexuals have mood, anxiety disorders than other

Lesbian couple fighting to each other

Lesbian couple fighting to each other

A new research study has revealed that Gay, lesbian and bisexuals experience more mood and anxiety disorders than other people, the study further stated that they are much probable to become heavy drinking.

The research study asserts to be the initial of this type in which researchers discovered that those who are bisexuals accounted the utmost rates of mood and anxiety disorders and heavy drinking contrasted to any other group. Basia Pakula who is the lead author of the study from University of British Columbia’s school of population and public health in Canada stated that “Often gay, lesbian and bisexual people are grouped together in studies, but we found there are important differences in their reported health,”

Pakula further stated that “These findings are extremely useful because this information has not been available for us in Canada until now,” the research paper is cited in the American Journal of Public. The research team evaluated 220,000 Canadian participants between 2007 and 2012. The findings illustrated that gay and lesbians reported almost two times the rates of anxiety and mood disorders contrasted to heterosexuals.

For bisexuals, the rates were almost four times more than the heterosexuals and about two times the rates of gay or lesbian respondents.

Whereas this research study did not gaze at the reasons for anxiety and mood disorders in this populace, a broad body of research proposes that these people practice constant stress connected to prejudice and stigma, Pakula further stated. People frequently twist to matters such as alcohol to deal with constant stress. Any health interventions expected at assisting people to cope with tension and anxiety or mood disorders should also deal with the exclusive requirements of the populace, the authors of the study further noted.

Pakula clarified that “Bisexual people often face a double stigma from within heterosexual and gay or lesbian communities and lack needed supports,” The study’s results can be employed to design and assign resources for health services that improved react to the problems facing these groups, the researchers recommended.

About the Author

Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.

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