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LGBT Mental Health Specialist

Agdel Hernandez Colon, MD

Psychiatrist located in Hackensack, NJ

In a world where being true to yourself and honest about your sexual orientation and gender identify puts you at risk for bullying, ridicule, discrimination, and physical harm, you need to know you can count on compassionate support for your mental health. Dr. Agdel Hernandez Colon has spent many years working together with patients from the LGBT community, helping them learn to manage mental health conditions. If you have questions or would like to learn more about the services available, call the office in New York’s Financial District, or book an appointment online.

LGBT Mental Health Q & A

What mental health issues affect the LGBT community?

It’s estimated that LGBT individuals are nearly three times more likely to experience a mental health disorder. This statistic won’t come as a surprise to those who face daily struggles that few people understand.

When you face life-altering decisions about when to come out about your sexuality or you face hate and discrimination, your mental health suffers. As a result, LGBT folks develop depression, anxiety, stress, post-traumatic stress disorder, and suicidal tendencies at significantly higher rates.

LGBT individuals are:

  • Ten times more likely to experience bullying
  • More than twice as likely to consider suicide
  • Three to four times more likely to attempt suicide
  • About 20-30% of LGBT people abuse substances compared to 9% of the general population
  • One-quarter of LGBT people abuse alcohol compared to 5-10% of the general population

The point of highlighting the statistics is to make two things clear. First, you are not alone, and second, Dr. Hernandez Colon truly understands the extraordinary stress you face every day.

What types of psychotherapy help with LGBT mental health?

Dr. Hernandez Colon uses many different types of talk therapy or psychotherapy, working with you to choose the style that works for your personality and the specific mental health challenges you face. With psychotherapy, the doctor can help you learn ways to cope with and manage the unique challenges you face as a member of the LGBT community.

These are a few examples of different types of psychotherapy:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy: focuses on thoughts and beliefs and how they influence feelings and actions
  • Psychodynamic therapy: helps you gain self-awareness and understanding of your actions
  • Interpersonal therapy: often used to treat depression; focuses on communication and improving relationships
  • Family systems therapy: helps you work through relationship problems to gain greater intimacy

What other treatment is available for LGBT mental health?

Dr. Hernandez Colon provides comprehensive mental health care, which includes prescribing medications and long-term medication management. When your mental health symptoms are overwhelming, medications effectively reduce or eliminate the symptoms. With that relief, you’re better able to cope with daily challenges and make more progress with psychotherapy.

When you need mental health treatment, Dr. Hernandez Colon provides a safe environment in which LGBT folks can feel free to talk about their sexuality, fears, concerns, and life partners. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book an appointment online.