Unique LGBT-Exclusive Behavioral Health Clinic Opens at VCU
Richmond, VA – The Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center is the first in the region to offer a behavioral health medication management clinic exclusive to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
Isaac Wood, M.D., senior associate dean for medical education and student affairs in the VCU School of Medicine and attending physician of the clinic, said the idea of a culturally competent psychopharmacology clinic was created in response to the lack of psychiatric services and trained staff supporting the LGBT community in Central Virginia. The clinic aims to raise awareness of the unique mental health needs of this community and provide culturally sensitive training opportunities for young health care professionals.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, one in four Americans experiences a diagnosable mental health disorder in a given year. Evidence suggests between 70 and 90 percent of individuals suffering from mental illness improve their quality of life with a combination of medication, therapy and support. In addition, having routine mental health checks are as important as routine physical exams.
"Most research suggests that GLBT people are likely to be at higher risk for depression, anxiety and substance use disorders than the general population. The reasons for these disparities are most likely related to the societal stigma and resulting prejudice and discrimination that GLBT people face on a regular basis, from society at large, but also from family members, peers, co-workers and classmates." Continue>
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