With every new university course and professor, every new workplace, boss, and co-worker, with every new person I meet or interaction I have, there is an appraisal of safety and decision to be made about whether disclosing either my queer identity or diagnosis of bipolar II disorder is worth the potential fallout. How is it that something as simple as living openly and unabashedly as myself so greatly affects my every day? In contrast to the depressive and manic episodes of bipolar I disorder, bipolar II is characterized by depressive and hypomanic episodes, shorter periods of elevated mood that are often considered to cause less impairment to daily functioning than manic episodes and have no psychotic features e. While in recent years new research has strived to be more inclusive of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and two-spirit LGBTQ2S community and promote the need more informed care, more work still needs to be done.
Gay and bipolar disorder: What to know
Mental Health for Gay and Bisexual Men | CDC
Gay people may be more likely to experience difficulties with their mental health. This is mainly the result of the stigma and discrimination they face. Being lesbian, gay, or bisexual LGB may increase the chance of developing bipolar disorder. Some research suggests that being attracted to people of the same gender may mean having a higher chance of developing bipolar disorder than the general public. In addition to the oppression that gay people face that contributes toward worsening mental health, heterosexism may also present a barrier to accessing suitable treatment. This article will discuss the association between being gay and having bipolar disorder and suggest where people may be able to find support. During depressive episodes, a person may feel sad, worthless, hopeless, guilty, or alone.
Look at all those labels. And all for just one person. Each one a reminder of my place, of the fact that I belong in a category. Each one fitting me neatly, each one coming with a list of things that are expected of me. The same, I suppose, could be said for being bisexual.
The majority of gay and bisexual men have and maintain good mental health, even though research has shown that they are at greater risk for mental health problems. Like everyone else, the majority of gay and bisexual men are able to cope successfully if connected to the right resources. However, ongoing homophobia, stigma negative and usually unfair beliefs , and discrimination unfairly treating a person or group of people can have negative effects on your health.