In Part 1, we’ve explained how you can recognize the risks of depression in your gay or lesbian teen and how you can help them. An LGBT teen (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) may also be at risk for suicide. In this situation, they are likely to demonstrate some or all of the signs of clinical depression previously outlined and these are likely to be present at an even stronger level.
If you recognize the following signs in your teen, you should consult a doctor as soon as possible. Signs of potential suicide may include:
We talked about how you can support your teen as they explore their sexual orientation. Part of your teen’s journey may involve coming out, or disclosing information about their sexual identity and/or gender orientation to their family, friends and eventually society as a whole. This is an ongoing decision making process. Weighing the risks can be stressful for everyone involved. If your teen is thinking of coming out, here are some points to consider:
Being a teenager is a difficult experience. Teens experience a host of changes as they mature. They also begin to explore their sexuality and to develop their sexual identity and may question their sexual orientation. They may feel confused, isolated, and very vulnerable. These are all completely natural emotions and behaviours.
Helping your teen through this can be stressful for a parent. Many people struggle with their sexual orientation at some point in their lives. It is important that your teen knows that all forms of sexuality are normal and healthy.
The term “sexual orientation” is used to identify …
For some people it’s flying. For others it’s dogs. There are people who are afraid of going to parties, or of public speaking. All of these are called phobias. The word describes any fear of a specific situation or object. And for some people, they can be extremely limiting, getting in the way of living a full and happy life.
If you have a phobia, you probably already know it. If you always take the stairs and never ride in elevators, you may be claustrophobic. If you wouldn’t dream of going on a trip to a rainforest for fear …