Depression in young LGBT

Adolescence is, in itself, a difficult stage of life. Is the time that is forming and strengthening the definitive personality of a young person. The physical and psychological changes are almost constant. The boy or girl begin to perceive the world and their particular environment with new eyes, lose the confident and naive as children security, feel confused and even surprised or disappointed in many things to discover different to what they believed. To all this, it joins the instability that cause hormonal changes, and that translates into an effort to find references, to anchor his personality to a pattern you like. And feel at ease with himself and secure in their environment, to much confusion.

The process is very similar in boys and girls, but where there may be more added variants is in the group of gay teens, if that were not enough, they are even more upset when they perceive that their sexual orientation is not the same as that of their colleagues or group, who want to feel reflected and integrated.

emotional imbalance of homosexuality

As we said, adolescence is the stage where young people need to reassert their personality. The average, fashions, friends and people they admire, family and education are elements of primary reference in their training. And all of them can find discrepancies with themselves, the way they are, which affects their self-esteem.

When a young man or a young start to admit that they are gay, lesbian or bisexual, that acceptance can be traumatic. First, they know aversion to homosexuality in a predominantly heterosexual world. Second, they do not want for themselves that rejection and marginalization. They fear the internal struggle to recognize their sexual orientation and present it in public, when they consider that they will be singled out or discriminated. So many young homosexuals are reluctant to admit they are, at first, and they hide their sexual orientation and their feelings and attraction for people of the same sex.

All this leads to lower self-esteem and appreciation than other adolescents. rejection by peers of the same age, disapproval from family, bullying and social exclusion: A emotional problems of this kind, adverse reactions bind discriminatory environment. This series of confluent circumstance makes up the danger of young LGBT teen suicide four times more than in the rest of the population of that age group.

Symptoms of depression, anxiety or stress in adolescents

Social problems, violence or harassment (bullying), isolation, misunderstanding and lack of support from parents and / or close relatives, and lack of information about their situation, push many boys and LGBT girls to consumption drugs, alcohol abuse and other behaviors alterative behavior. The emergence of severe depression is quite common in these groups of people. Dependencies substances contribute to the increase of nervous anxiety that can lead to depression although obviously poor quality of family and personal life is already a trigger stress and subsequent depression.

The most common symptoms of depression in a young person, are

· Trend and increased isolation, social and home

· Symptoms of drug dependence and / or alcohol

· Attitude of contempt for himself or herself. Low self-esteem.

· Demonstration or expression of despair, widespread disenchantment negativity.

· Irregular behavior. Sudden detachment to objects of your property, common hobbies or friendships. Continuous bad humor, avoidance, feelings of fatigue, illness or malaise continued.

· Feelings and thoughts of suicide, which sometimes express giving away their most precious belongings to friends or acquaintances, speaking as defeatist and pessimistic continuously, or even suicidal or threatening announcing its intention thereby.

Precautions and Treatment

When parents or close friends warn these strange behaviors in a child or adolescent or early youth girl, they must act promptly if it is a depression. It is convenient, however, to use subtlety and maintain caution when talking to the affected. The advice and support of a qualified psychologist or therapist can guide the family to know face the problem the best way.

The young should be aware of their status, but can not suddenly arise for or reproachful words. Feel the support, affection and closeness of their parents, friends or relatives closer, they will help to take care of their problems. Dramatize circumstances such as sexual orientation, appearance or other aspects of your life that acomplejen you, will help you to trust others and to feel better about yourself.

If there are any previous suicide attempt, the boy or girl must follow psychiatric treatment to control their impulses and help you assume your identity and accepted.