New research reveals the impact of discrimination on “the mental and physical health of LGBT+ people.”
The What We Know Project analysed 300 studies into the health effects of discrimination on LGBT+ people in the United States and found that 95% of those studies showed a link between LGBT+ people experiencing discrimination and a negative impact on their mental or physical health, reports ‘Metro Weekly’.
Out of 300 studies, 245 reported “robust evidence that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity is associated with harms to the health of LGBT people.”
According to the studies, “the mental health impacts of discrimination include depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and substance abuse.
Physical health consequences include injury, cardiovascular disease, and raised levels of cortisol — the primary stress hormone.”
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