Why LGBTQ+ Mental Health is Important

We support and are proud of our LGBTQ+ patients, colleagues and healthcare providers. While LGBTQ+ healthcare challenges may be unique, we can help by providing resources, encouraging conversations around stigma and educating communities around mental health treatment tools.

Double Stigma: Depression in the LGBTQ+ Community

People who identify as LGBTQ+ often experience a double stigma in which they feel they are not accepted.

  • within the mental health community due to their LGBTQ+ identities
  • within the LGBTQ+ community due to mental health issues including depression

Potential Impacts of Double Stigma

Some LGBTQ+ individuals may feel they need to hide their sexual orientation from mental health providers. The effects of double stigma can be harmful, particularly if a member of this community experiences this kind of discrimination when they seek treatment — which we know is critical to mental health.

2.5x

LGBTQ+ individuals more likely to experience depression, anxiety, and substance misuse compared with heterosexual individuals1

31%

Approximate amount of LGBTQ+ older adults report depressive symptoms

4x

The rate of suicide attempts is four times greater for lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth than that of heterosexual youth1

Double Stigma: Depression in the LGBTQ+ Community

People who identify as LGBTQ+ often experience a double stigma in which they feel they are not accepted.

  • within the mental health community due to their LGBTQ+ identities
  • within the LGBTQ+ community due to mental health issues including depression

Potential Impacts of Double Stigma

Some LGBTQ+ individuals may feel they need to hide their sexual orientation from mental health providers. The effects of double stigma can be harmful, particularly if a member of this community experiences this kind of discrimination when they seek treatment — which we know is critical to mental health.

Depression Treatment

It’s important for anyone struggling with depression to seek treatment. However, we recognize that depression in the LGBTQ+ community may come with different challenges.

Practitioners trained to look for and address the first signs of mental health issues in LGBTQ+ youth can help mitigate the damaging effects of severe depression.2

Clinicians are essential in addressing mental health issues specific to gender and sexual orientation. The GeneSight test can help your doctor make informed medication treatment decisions by using your DNA.

Learn more about how the GeneSight Psychotropic test can inform your doctor about genes that may impact how you metabolize or respond to medications used to treat depression, anxiety, ADHD and other psychiatric conditions.

Don’t Have a Clinician? Use Our Find a Provider Tool

Our Find a Provider tool includes clinicians who are registered to offer the GeneSight test and have indicated they are now accepting new patients. Simply fill out a form to gain access to the Find a Provider tool and it will search for clinicians near you. If you have questions about this tool, contact our Customer Support team by phone (866.757.9204) or email (support@genesight.com).

Take the Next Step

Are you interested in learning more about the GeneSight test? Please let us know how we can help by filling out the form below.

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If you do not have a clinician, we have a directory of healthcare providers who are registered to order the GeneSight test. When you complete this form, we will link you to this directory, so you will have the option to view registered GeneSight providers in your area.





























By submitting your information in this form, you agree that your personal information may be stored and processed in any country where we have facilities or service providers, and by using our “Depression Treatment” landing page you agree to the possible transfer of information to countries outside of your country of residence, including to the United States, which may provide for different data protection rules than in your country. The information you submit will be utilized for the sole purpose it was submitted for and governed by our Privacy Notice.

Committed to Better LGBTQ+ Mental Health

We are committed to the LGBTQ+ community and their mental health needs. Please visit this page often to see new content for both patients and healthcare providers.
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Helpful Resources

The Trevor Project is a multimedia support network for LGBTQ youth providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention.

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is a comprehensive resource for more than 23 million people in the U.S. who live with mood disorders, providing education, tools, peer support and a wealth of inspiring stories.

Mental Health America works locally and nationally to raise awareness about mental health and ensures that those at-risk for mental illnesses and related disorders receive proper, timely and effective treatment. MHA offers unique educational materials created specifically for the LGBTQ audience.

Helpful Resources

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Hear From Others That Have Taken the GeneSight Test

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The stories shared on this page are individual patients’ personal experiences with GeneSight. Others may not have the same experience or outcome. Do not make any changes to your current medications or dosing without consulting your healthcare provider. The GeneSight test must be ordered by and used only in consultation with a healthcare provider who can prescribe medications.

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