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Amid the glitter and rainbow flags being flown through cities during this month of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer plus (LGBTQ+) Pride, it may be hard for us to realize that queer and transgender People of Color and Indigenous People (POCI) are experiencing discrimination at devastating rates. From depression to premature death, the consequences of prejudice are irrefutable for this population. Understanding the extent of the problem, and the possibilities for promoting radical healing in the face of such discrimination, will represent a real reflection of pride. We could all benefit from this awareness, especially given the rise of deadly violence against queer and trans POCI.
What are stress and anxiety?Most people experience stress and anxiety from time to time. Stress is any demand placed on your brain or physical body. People can report feeling stressed when multiple competing demands are placed on them. The feeling of being stressed can be triggered by an event that makes you feel frustrated or nervous. Anxiety is a feeling of fear, worry, or unease. It can be a reaction to stress, or it can occur in people who are unable to identify significant stressors in their life.
Comforting ourselves as we cope with depression is an important skill. While others may offer us comfort and want to help, they are often unable to truly do so. Only we understand our own needs for comfort completely, and we need to work towards being able to meet these needs. It's a process, though, so don't feel rushed.
Q is for “Quirk” When I first accepted that I was fighting sexual attraction to other men, I thought of myself as being heterosexual. I was married, two kids, finished my residency in psychiatry and ready to live the dream. I just had this little quirk: I wondered what it would be like to have sex with another man.
Earlier this year, the American Psychological Association (APA, 2016a) released their annual Stress in America survey results. Over the years, the survey has focused on various concerns and issues that impact stress among children and adults. The focus of the APA’s 2015 Stress in America survey this year focused on the role of discrimination on stress (see full report here).
It's a normal part of life to experience occasional anxiety. But you may experience anxiety that is persistent, seemingly uncontrollable, and overwhelming. If it’s an excessive, irrational dread of everyday situations, it can be disabling. When anxiety interferes with daily activities, you may have an anxiety disorder.
Depression can really do a number on your motivation and energy level.1 At times, it can be difficult to keep up with day-to-day chores around the house. Yet, too often a messy house only makes us feel worse and it can be very discouraging.
Growing up [in Texas], I’d always say that I wanted to be my sister when I grew up. When you are a 5-year-old "boy," this [wish] is acceptable. But when you start growing a mustache at 11, things just get more complicated.