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Dr. Markheim is a health psychologist and LGBT specialist located in Denver, CO.

Transgender Diversity

Transgender Diversity November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance.  Before that day comes, I would like to show respect to my friends and clients who are transgender or gender fluid by thanking all of them for being alive.  Perhaps I celebrate Transgender Day of Awareness on multiple days.  I also…

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LGBTQ identity

LGBTQ identity At the end of last year, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration issued a report stating that “conversion therapy – efforts to change an individual’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression – is a practice that is not supported by credible evidence.  The report follows…

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Same-Sex Marriage and Mental Health

Same-Sex Marriage and Mental Health The recent ruling supporting supporting same-sex marriage will have significant implications for the emotional well-being of many gays and lesbians and their children.  Same-sex couples were demeaned and their children humiliated by barring federal recognition of same-sex marriage.  Historically, same-sex couples were stigmatized and discriminated…

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Trauma, PTSD and CVD

Trauma, PTSD and CVD Women who suffer traumatic events or develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are at increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to new data from a long-running study of US nurses. “PTSD is not exclusively a psychological problem but also increases risk of chronic disease,” lead…

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Transgender Military Service

Transgender Military Service The American Medical Association’s House of Delegates unanimously passed a GLMA-led resolution stating “there is no medically valid reason to exclude transgender individuals” from US military service.  Now we wait to see when this resolution is put into policy, and when the policy can actually decrease discrimination…

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COPD Depression and Anxiety

COPD Depression and Anxiety.  Please call if you have depression or anxiety with COPD. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States,1 affecting an estimated 10.1 million Americans.2 It is associated with multiple comorbidities, including depression and anxiety.3 The prevalence of depression in COPD ranges from…

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Gay and Lesbian Issues

Gay and Lesbian Issues I recently saw a local play about gay marriage in the US. This, coupled with Ireland passing gay marriage, Spain passing gay marriage, and Indiana passing legislation legalizing gay and lesbian discrimination reminds me that gay and lesbian individuals and couples continue to face interpersonal, societal,…

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Gay Bullying

Kids Who Later Identify As Gay More Frequently Bullied.  Gay bullying is also prevalent throughout life. HealthDay News — Bullying starts as early as elementary and middle school, and occurs more frequently for students who later identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual, a new study suggests. The effects of bullying…

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Health anxiety

If you’re reading this, then you’re probably online and looking for information on your health. Sometimes looking for health info can become an obsession, and it may cause people to spend excessive amounts time worrying about medical conditions. Easy access to online medical information has made it challenging for people…

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