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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...

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...

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...

Doctors and Mental Illness

Doctors and Mental Illness A recent anonymous post on Medscape reminds us that doctors also have mental illness.  Admitting to mental illness for doctors can be excruciatingly humiliating and ego-dystonic.  Doctors are at the top of the pack in terms of knowledge and...

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...

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...

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...

Depression or Trauma

A recent study found that major depression leaves a metabolic signature, meaning that depression changes DNA.  The study also revealed that the DNA samples taken from women with histories of stress-related depression - often related to forms of childhood adversity...

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...

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,...