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Anyone who is part of a sexual minority has an increased risk of depression and its related effects. If someone struggles with depression, she has an even greater risk of drug abuse and/or addiction, which will further complicate both treatment and depression. Get help today to find a specialized rehab center that will address your addiction needs while also considering your sexuality.
What Constitutes a Sexual Minority?
In western society, “normal” sexual behavior consists invariably of heterosexual sex between one man and one woman of consenting age. Anyone whose sexual proclivities and desires do not fit this model may be considered part of a sexual minority. People are in a sexual minority if they fall into any of the following categories:
- Gay and bisexual individuals – This particular subgroup has traditionally been persecuted. While tolerance has increased dramatically, prejudice still exists, and many gay people deal with its effects on a daily basis.
- Transsexuals – These are people who wish to be a member of the opposite sex, and may or may not have undergone a sex change operation
- Transvestites – People in this group habitually wear clothes associated with the opposite sex, though not necessarily for sexual reasons
- Fetishists – Some people are sexually attracted to an object or a specific part of the body. People can have a sexual attraction to practically anything, and fetishists typically can achieve arousal only when the object is incorporated into sexual activity.
- Sex addicts – This group can encompass a wide range of sexual behavior. For instance, sexual behavior may be considered normal, such as masturbation or intercourse, but it may be an addiction if it becomes compulsive. However, sex addiction also focuses on destructive and even criminal behaviors, including obsessive and compulsive use of pornography, promiscuous sex with multiple anonymous partners, habitual use of prostitutes, window peeping or other forms of invasive voyeurism.
- People who engage in socially abhorrent or criminal behavior are also in a sexual minority. This includes child molesters, sexual assailants and rapists, persons who have sex with animals and those who have sex with dead people. These types of cases can be especially problematic because of the possible legal ramifications involved. Even if someone wants to get help for these issues, he may suffer criminal prosecution as a result of coming forward, since doctor/patient confidentiality does not apply in cases of criminal endangerment.
If you fall into any of these categories, you are in a sexual minority and need specialized treatment.
Isolation, Depression and Addiction
Whatever the particular sexual proclivity, being in a sexual minority can easily lead to depression, isolation and many related problems, such as substance abuse. The judgment of others and the perceived need for secrecy can lead to a lifelong habit of denying one’s true nature and hiding it from others. This in turn can lead to a host of psychological issues, including depression and substance abuse.
Treating Depression and Addiction
Being in a sexual minority does not mean that you need treatment for your sexual orientation; however, sexual proclivities that are destructive may constitute sex addiction and should be treated in therapy. Depression and co-occurring substance abuse are serious conditions that should be treated professionally. If you would like help finding treatment for depression, addiction or any other mental health issues, then please call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline right now.