LGBT Teens Who Experience Severe Harassment May Suffer From Serious Mental Health Problems

HealthDay (2/10, Preidt) reports, “Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teens who experience severe harassment can suffer from serious mental health problems,” a study published online Jan. 21 in the American Journal of Public Health suggests. After following some “250 LGBT youth in Chicago for four years,” researchers found that adolescents at highest risk for “lasting mental health problems – such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder – were those who suffered moderate harassment (such as having things thrown at them) that increased over time and those who had continuously high levels of harassment (such as physical or sexual assault)” while the study was going on.

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— “Lasting Damage Seen in LGBT Teens Who Suffer Harassment,” Robert Preidt, HealthDay, February 10, 2016.

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