STOCKHOLM, Sweden — LGB people in Sweden are more likely than their straight siblings to seek and receive treatment for psychiatric disorders, Psychiatry Advisor reports citing a new study published in the European Journal of Epidemiology.
The longitudinal cohort study tracked 1,154 people who self-identified as LGB and their siblings. The queer siblings were more than three times as likely to have been treated for mood disorders and nearly twice as likely to have been prescribed antidepressants compared to their straight brothers and sisters. Bi men and women were about two-and-a-half times more likely to have received outpatient psychiatric treatment and to have been prescribed antidepressants.
Sweden’s robust public health care system was a factor, researchers said. More research is needed, authors said, to explain the findings although other studies have documented disparate mental health challenges for LGBT people stemming largely from societal discrimination.
More than half of the siblings studied showed no evidence that psychiatric disorders were linked to them being related. Data was taken from a Swedish national health registry.