Suicidality and the LGBT youth: Tragic Underpinnings of Societal Insouciance, Impuissant Aesculapian Response and Implacable Sacerdotal Dogma (pp. 111-122)
Authors: (Donald E Greydanus, Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States of America)
Abstract: Homosexuality has been a form of sexuality placed in the center of controversy of homo
sapiens existence for countless millennia. The removal of homosexuality as a psychiatric
illness by the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological
Association in the 1970s changed the paradigm for perceiving gay and lesbian
individuals. Views in the United States mental health community changed from linking
homosexuality to psychiatric disorders over four decades ago to identifying depression
and suicidality in gay and lesbian persons because of societal insouciance, impuissant
aesculapian response, and implacable sacerdotal dogma. This article reviews issues
involving the LGBT population and suicidality.
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