AMA Wire

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

News for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Physicians

Study assesses transgender mental health gaps, solutions

Study assesses transgender mental health gaps, solutions

Transgender persons reported a high prevalence of mental health issues in a recent survey published in the American Journal of Public Health.

The survey, which included 1,093 male-to-female and female-to-male transgender persons, found that 44.1 percent reported suffering from clinical depression, 33.2 percent from anxiety and 27.5 percent from somatization. The findings supported the conclusion that social stigma was positively associated with psychological distress.

On a positive note, peer support from other transgender people moderated this relationship. While peer support can help, the authors believe changes in social structures, norms and attitudes will ultimately be the best ways to prevent these mental health issues.

For more information on treating transgender patients, view the AMA's web page with health resources for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered patients.

AMA provides GLBT youth suicide prevention resource for physicians

Suicide is the leading cause of death for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered (GLBT) youth in America. Recent instances of suicide in the GLBT youth community have attracted major media attention and raised awareness of the issue, but there is much more that can be done to lower the number of suicides nationally.

A new AMA web page helps physicians learn about the issue, hear from people who have been affected and find resources to help at-risk GLBT youth in their practices and in their communities.