n Mental Health Matters - Sexuality, identity and mental health

Volume 3, Issue 3
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Sexuality has been linked to the human psyche since long before psychology was recognised as a science. It's one of most significant human drives. The pursuit and attainment of sex influences our sense of power and worth, and is closely linked to the human search for meaning. It's no wonder then that sexuality and mental illness are often intertwined. Individuals and groups who have struggles with sexual identity - particularly in the LGBT community - are more prone to depression and anxiety, as well as sexual dysfunction. As health practitioners, it's crucial to be sensitive to the context of an LGBT patient, and diagnose and treat accordingly.

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