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This is some research that I did on the #LGBTQ community. I want to spread #SuicideAwareness for the community. #help #lovewins #Loveislove

Among U.S. adults, percent identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. LGBT identification is lower as age increases; percent of Millennials (born between 1980 and 1999) identify as LGBT, compared to percent of Generation X individuals (born between 1965 and 1979).

Women are more likely to identify as LGBT than men (5.1 percent compared to percent).

Research suggests that LGBTQ+ individuals face health disparities linked to societal stigma, discrimination, and denial of their civil and human rights. Discrimination against LGBTQ+ persons has been associated with high rates of psychiatric disorders, substance abuse, and suicide.

Personal, family, and social acceptance of sexual orientation and gender identity affects the mental health and personal safety of LGBT individuals.

A majority of LGBTQ+ people say that they or an LGBTQ+ friend or family member have been threatened or non-sexually harassed (57 percent), been sexually harassed (51 percent), or experienced violence (51 percent) because of their sexuality or gender identity.

Fifty-nine percent of LGBTQ+ people feel that they have fewer employment opportunities and 50 percent believe they are paid less than non-LGBTQ+ people.

Thirty-eight percent of transgender people say they have experienced slurs and 28 percent have experienced insensitive or offensive comments because of their gender identity or sexual orientation.

Twenty-two percent of transgender individuals say they have avoided doctors or health care out of concern they would be discriminated against.

LGBTQ+ teens are six times more likely to experience symptoms of depression than non-LGBTQ+ identifying teens.

LGBTQ+ youth are more than twice as likely to feel suicidal and over four times as likely to attempt suicide compared to heterosexual youth.

Forty-eight percent of transgender adults report that they have considered suicide in the last year, compared to 4 percent of the overall US population.

In a survey of LGBTQ+ people, more than half of all respondents reported that they have faced cases of providers denying care, using harsh language, or blaming the patient’s sexual orientation or gender identity as the cause for an illness. Fear of discrimination may lead some people to conceal their sexual orientation or gender identity from providers or avoid seeking care altogether.

Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860

LGBT National Youth Talkline: 1-800-246-7743

TrevorLifeline: 1-866-488-7386

TrevorText: Text START to 678-678

The Steve Fund Crisis Textline: Text STEVE to 741741

Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741

GLBT National Hotline: 1-888-843-4564

#Depression #Anxiety #BipolarDisorder #PTSD #LGBT

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I'm so #excited

In exactly one week, I get to see my #bestfriend !!! May 24th is national pansexual/romantic awareness and visibility day! I can't wait! We're going to have a picnic and run at geese!!

💗💛💙 💙💚🧡💗 🏳️‍🌈🦆👯

#LGBTQ #LGBTQIA #pansexual #panromantic #Depression #Anxiety #lovewins

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A Pharmacist called me “A big red flag” #ChronicPain

This afternoon I called my doctors office to ask why my muscle relaxer was not filled. They informed me that the pharmacist wouldn’t fill it because of a state regulated law. This I understand, however I have been taking these medications together for many years. I am a chronic pain patient and I am treated based off what I can and cannot take. Not only am I a chronic pain patient due to a genetic disorder in which I was born with(Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome) but as many of you know this comes with a list of comorbidities. I won’t get into all of them but one of the comorbidities that I present, is mast cell activation disorder. I am allergic to and/or have reactions to a lot of different medicines. I am currently taking three medicines that the pharmacist decided he was going to hold hostage. 1 Percocet, 2 Clonazepam, and 3 Metaxalone. None of which are regularly filled on the same date. I also do not take the Percocet daily, it is as needed and only for very bad days. I just recently switched to Metaxalone because I was on Soma and understood the risks of the medication. I called the pharmacy to air my concerns. While speaking with the pharmacist he made it very clear to me that he did not see me as a patient in pain, but as a medication seeker. This made me quite angry. This is a new pharmacy for me so I do not know this man and he doesn’t know me. I’ve previously filled elsewhere and never had these issues or been treated this way, but when my insurance changed so did my pharmacy. I understand that these conditions are rare and that means they are treated differently than your typical ailment. I tried explaining myself to the pharmacist and he continuously spoke over me and wouldn’t listen. He treated me as though I was an addict he said “If” I needed all of these medications together than they needed to be prescribed by the same doctor, probably a pain management doctor. I explain to him that I saw a pain management doctor at which point he cut me off. He said “whoa whoa whoa now you are a big red flag.” He didn’t let me explain that I don’t get medication from this doctor because of people like him, people who treat me like I’m a junkie, like I’m little, like I don’t deserve to be treated with love. He didn’t let me explain I only go to a pain management doctor for a nerve ablation in my back for spinal stenosis. All he did was talk over me, and belittle me, make me feel like I was nothing. Although this is not something I am new to, it still brought back some memories I wasn’t ready for. Which is funny because the one medicine he’s holding hostage is the medicine that helps me control my PTSD from the abusive relationship that made me a scattered anxious mess. I grew after that relationship. I became pretty strong. Strong headed, strong-willed, strong hearted, a little mouthy even. The best part about it is he got to see that I refuse to be treated like anything less than human. I bite back. #EDS #pharmacy #RiseAbove #lovewins #Human

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True love ❤️

This intro is very blunt. I was in a mentally, and physically abuse relationship for three years that I was TRAPPED in because I feared for my own life and had tried several times to leave, all ending in me having no control or say. I was controlled. I couldn’t heal from all the abuse, I couldn’t sleep without having nightmares about being hurt again and feeling that way in those situations. I couldn’t get myself to eat because the depression ate me alive. I couldn’t smile the same, I cried myself to sleep and cried when I woke up. Sometimes it was sad tears and sometimes there was tears of gratefulness. It’s been almost three years since I was in the hospital, attempting to kill myself, finally ending this abuse. It was then, in the hospital I told myself I can’t do this anymore, I had come so close
To death I took this as a second chance at life. I waited so long to be vulnerable again with anyone, I didn’t open up or date or put myself out there nonetheless.i finally opened up to somebody just to be shot down again. I’m hurt, I’m feeling insecure because I thought I was important to somebody but I guess I’m not. I forgot how it feels to develop feelings and care so much, but yet be so hurt at the same time. I’m torn. I’m upset with myself. I deal with my emotions differently. Sometimes it takes listening to a sad song to let me allow myself to cry and that’s what I had to do in order to let myself feel what’s real and what’s really happening instead of suppressing everything and pretending I’m “okay”. I want true love, I’m ready for true love. I want to believe that it’s out there for me. #lovewins

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This amazes me. Recently begun therapy and my therapist gave me such a clear understanding of thought process and feelings.
I’m guilty🙋🏼‍♂️ to allowing my thoughts to get the better of me. Being fearful of some of the thoughts that popped into my brain.
The more you label thoughts in your brain (bad or good) “as oh that my mental health”, or “oh that’s my anxiety”, or, “that’s my depression”, that is then, when it becomes something in your life, it then takes a role. “Stop concentrating on your thoughts, they are just thoughts”.
The second you have an understanding of that and believe it to be true, I can guarantee your problems with anxiety and thoughts process will be cut by 50%.
Your thoughts will come and go like the weather, a bit like how you feel, because we don’t actually feel anything. Can you feel your body? No. So the feelings we believe we feel are actually somewhat thoughts.
#behappy #lovewins #MentalHealthAwareness #buddah #thoughtprocess #nonegativelabels



When I'm feeling powerless, I watch The Hunger Games Quadrilogy. #fightback
When I need coziness & comfort, I watch Harry Potter movies #Believe #lovewins
When I need to laugh, I watch Uncle Buck, The 'Burbs, The Birdcage and Super Troopers etc. #buckmelanoma
When I need to cry, I watch The Notebook or Philadelphia or Steel Magnolias #LetItOut
When I need to feel community, I watch Pride