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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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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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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Gender on the Spectrum

Gender on the Spectrum Gender falls on a spectrum from being completely comfortable with your natal gender, to wanting to transition to the opposite gender, to somewhere in between. But being transgender is not a sexuality issue, and it may not even be a sexual preference issue; it’s really more…

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Depression and Diabetes

Numerous studies have shown a link between depression and diabetes. A recent study showed that the combination of depression and diabetes negatively affect the health of diabetic patients in numerous ways. A random sample of patients with diabetes were assessed for symptoms of depression. Rates of myocardial infarction and stress…

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Sexual Violence

Unfortunately, sexual violence and sexual abuse is common among both men and women. Victims of sexual violence often report loss of control as being the most traumatic element of their experience.  Sexual violence and sexual abuse can impact multiple areas of life, including sleep, personal relationships, work relationships, and obviously…

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Emotions of Cancer

The Emotions of Cancer Cancer is an emotional condition.  There can be many decisions to make.  There can be devastating, anxiety provoking, and depressing treatments and complications.  Treatment side effects can impact cognition, motivation, and emotions.   When you’re diagnosed, all of this information comes at you. The doctors talk about…

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