THOROFARE, N.J. — LGB people are more likely to have made use of behavioral health services than their straight counterparts according to findings published in Psychiatric Services and reported on by the news outlet Healio Psychiatry.
No figures were given but LGB people more often took advantage of health services, outpatient individual psychotherapy, medication management and diagnostic evaluation compared to those in opposite-sex relationships. The findings came from data collected between 2008-2013. About 8 percent of women and 5 percent of men received a specialty behavioral health service during the study period, Healio reports.
“Studies suggest that services available to (LGB) individuals with mental illnesses are inadequate and treatment for this population should be tailored to reflect and incorporate the culture and language of (LGB) clients,” researchers said according to Healio.