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Eric Maisel on meaning in art to manage depression | TalentDevelop

Eric Maisel on meaning in art to manage depression | TalentDevelop | Counselling and Psychology | Scoop.it

Eric Maisel: “When we fear that we do not matter or that our efforts do not matter, we get depressed.

“Similarly, the places where we make large investments of meaning, for instance in our performances, paintings, or books, are places of great anxiety, because there is more than our ego on the line, there is our very sense of the meaningfulness of our life.

“If the world is not interested in our paintings, for instance, we will be hard-pressed to maintain meaning there; so, when we come to the blank canvas, we can already be a little (or a lot) frightened that a negative reaction to this as-yet-unborn painting will precipitate a meaning crisis.”


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Attitudes to same-sex marriage have many psychological roots, and they can change

Attitudes to same-sex marriage have many psychological roots, and they can change | Counselling and Psychology | Scoop.it
As the Australian same-sex marriage debate heats up it may be time for cool reflection on the sources of our polarised views. Recent research shines a revealing light on the roots of pro- and anti-marriage equality sentiment. It helps explain the roots of our attitudes to same-sex marriage, and whether they are shallow enough to allow attitudes to change.
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As the Australian same-sex marriage debate heats up it may be time for cool reflection on the sources of our polarised views. Recent research shines a revealing light on the roots of pro- and anti-marriage equality sentiment. It helps explain the roots of our attitudes to same-sex marriage, and whether they are shallow enough to allow attitudes to change.
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Keeping Marriages Healthy, and Why It’s So Difficult

Keeping Marriages Healthy, and Why It’s So Difficult | Counselling and Psychology | Scoop.it
People rarely change their minds about subjects that are important to them. Those who favor gun control today are likely to favor gun control ten years from now, and those who vote for Democratic candidates today are likely to do so throughout their lives.
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People rarely change their minds about subjects that are important to them. Those who favor gun control today are likely to favor gun control ten years from now, and those who vote for Democratic candidates today are likely to do so throughout their lives.
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The Epidemic of Covert Male Depression

The Epidemic of Covert Male Depression | Counselling and Psychology | Scoop.it
For the most part, men have two speeds -- neutral and pissed. Experience demonstrates that the state of rage that plagues the majority of the male population is driven less by genuine anger and more by what might be characterize as covert depression manifesting as anger.

Covert depression doesn't look like the depression with which we are generally familiar, especially to the people around a man who is in the throes of this particular emotional upheaval. Instead, what the people around us tend to witness is subtle irritation, road rage, explosive arguments, passive-aggression, slovenliness, self-sabotage supported by a failure to follow through and/or a faint sense of insecurity that leads to all kinds of shortcomings in performance -- at work, at home, within society at large or even in the bedroom.
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For the most part, men have two speeds -- neutral and pissed. Experience demonstrates that the state of rage that plagues the majority of the male population is driven less by genuine anger and more by what might be characterize as covert depression manifesting as anger. Covert depression doesn't look like the depression with which we are generally familiar, especially to the people around a man who is in the throes of this particular emotional upheaval. Instead, what the people around us tend to witness is subtle irritation, road rage, explosive arguments, passive-aggression, slovenliness, self-sabotage supported by a failure to follow through and/or a faint sense of insecurity that leads to all kinds of shortcomings in performance -- at work, at home, within society at large or even in the bedroom.
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Why So Many of Today's Teens Are Depressed

Why So Many of Today's Teens Are Depressed | Counselling and Psychology | Scoop.it
Not many research results make you sit up straight in your chair, but this one did.

I’ve been tracking trends in the attitudes and behaviors of teens and young adults for many years, primarily relying on a nationally representative survey of U.S. teens conducted every year called Monitoring the Future (link is external) (MtF) that has surveyed 1.4 million teens since the 1970s. Around 2012 to 2013, there was sudden uptick in teens saying they were experiencing symptoms of depression — feeling hopeless, not enjoying life, believing they can’t do anything right. Depressive symptoms continued to increase over the next few years, making today's teens — whom I describe in my new book, iGen — significantly more depressed than teens just a few years before.
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Not many research results make you sit up straight in your chair, but this one did. I’ve been tracking trends in the attitudes and behaviors of teens and young adults for many years, primarily relying on a nationally representative survey of U.S. teens conducted every year called Monitoring the Future (link is external) (MtF) that has surveyed 1.4 million teens since the 1970s. Around 2012 to 2013, there was sudden uptick in teens saying they were experiencing symptoms of depression — feeling hopeless, not enjoying life, believing they can’t do anything right. Depressive symptoms continued to increase over the next few years, making today's teens — whom I describe in my new book, iGen — significantly more depressed than teens just a few years before.
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Teen Depression - Girls

Teen Depression - Girls | Counselling and Psychology | Scoop.it
It's clear that many kids are breaking down in college. But most of the issues affecting them are at play well before they get to college age.

If you wish to understand what is happening with young adults, it's wise to focus on teenagers. We have all heard about the male loner who suddenly blows people up, like the pipe bomber or the Columbine kids. We are learning about the girls who are as aggressive as the boys but who are indirect in their aggression, the so-called mean girls syndrome. They are the most visible symbols of some disturbing trends.
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It's clear that many kids are breaking down in college. But most of the issues affecting them are at play well before they get to college age. If you wish to understand what is happening with young adults, it's wise to focus on teenagers. We have all heard about the male loner who suddenly blows people up, like the pipe bomber or the Columbine kids. We are learning about the girls who are as aggressive as the boys but who are indirect in their aggression, the so-called mean girls syndrome. They are the most visible symbols of some disturbing trends.
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Stress, Anxiety & Depression - New Vision Psychology

Stress, Anxiety & Depression - New Vision Psychology | Counselling and Psychology | Scoop.it
Anxiety is a normal part of human experience, and is usually a response to a stressful situation. However sometimes anxiety can go beyond the ‘normal’ and can be experienced greater than can reasonably be expected given the situation In worse cases, anxiety can lead to a panic attack. When this occurs, or when anxiety is getting in the way of your personal goals, then it might be a sign that help is needed.
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Anxiety is a normal part of human experience, and is usually a response to a stressful situation. However sometimes anxiety can go beyond the ‘normal’ and can be experienced greater than can reasonably be expected given the situation In worse cases, anxiety can lead to a panic attack. When this occurs, or when anxiety is getting in the way of your personal goals, then it might be a sign that help is needed.
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3 Key Parenting Tips when Children See Horrific Events on TV

3 Key Parenting Tips when Children See Horrific Events on TV | Counselling and Psychology | Scoop.it
According to the VA, children who are exposed to higher amounts of TV coverage of a disaster develop more stressful reactions. Terrorism and disasters can easily alter children’s lives like the ripples of waves in a pond. Given that, what might we expect after children experience traumatic events by watching TV coverage or hear about them as adults discuss those events?
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According to the VA, children who are exposed to higher amounts of TV coverage of a disaster develop more stressful reactions. Terrorism and disasters can easily alter children’s lives like the ripples of waves in a pond. Given that, what might we expect after children experience traumatic events by watching TV coverage or hear about them as adults discuss those events?
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L-Theanine for Generalized Anxiety

L-Theanine for Generalized Anxiety | Counselling and Psychology | Scoop.it
The amino acid l-theanine found in green tea is widely used in China, Japan, and other Asian countries to treat anxiety and depressed mood. Animal studies confirm that l-theanine increases brain levels of serotonin, dopamine, and gamma-amino-butyric acid (GABA) (an important inhibitory neurotransmitter) and may have general neuroprotective effects.
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The amino acid l-theanine found in green tea is widely used in China, Japan, and other Asian countries to treat anxiety and depressed mood. Animal studies confirm that l-theanine increases brain levels of serotonin, dopamine, and gamma-amino-butyric acid (GABA) (an important inhibitory neurotransmitter) and may have general neuroprotective effects.
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How to Be More Spontaneous

How to Be More Spontaneous | Counselling and Psychology | Scoop.it
Some folks are too spontaneous perhaps: the tattoo at 3 a.m., the $500 pair of shoes, the blurting out the first thing that comes to their minds. But for a lot of the rest of us the dial might be a bit too far in the other direction: even small decisions are as weighty as those of the Supreme Court; everyday life is heavily routinized and breaking out in even small ways can require a lot of planning. Maybe it’s time to loosen up.
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Some folks are too spontaneous perhaps: the tattoo at 3 a.m., the $500 pair of shoes, the blurting out the first thing that comes to their minds. But for a lot of the rest of us the dial might be a bit too far in the other direction: even small decisions are as weighty as those of the Supreme Court; everyday life is heavily routinized and breaking out in even small ways can require a lot of planning. Maybe it’s time to loosen up.
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When You Love or Hate An Addict You Can Recover, Too

When You Love or Hate An Addict You Can Recover, Too | Counselling and Psychology | Scoop.it
"Talking to a loved one before it's too late could make such a difference and prevent decades of unnecessary malevolence toward a person who cannot help himself."
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The Real Reason Behind Teen Anxiety and Depression

The Real Reason Behind Teen Anxiety and Depression | Counselling and Psychology | Scoop.it
On October 16, The New York Times Magazine featured an article by Benoit Denizet-Lewis entitled “The Kids Who Can’t”. The article documented a spike in both teen anxiety and depression since 2011 and suggests that the cause might be the widespread adoption of smartphones and social media.
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On October 16, The New York Times Magazine featured an article by Benoit Denizet-Lewis entitled “The Kids Who Can’t”. The article documented a spike in both teen anxiety and depression since 2011 and suggests that the cause might be the widespread adoption of smartphones and social media.
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Depression in Men: What it Looks Like and How to Get Help

Depression in Men: What it Looks Like and How to Get Help | Counselling and Psychology | Scoop.it
As men, we like to think of ourselves as strong and in control of our emotions. When we feel hopeless or overwhelmed by despair we often deny it or try to cover it up. But depression is a common problem that affects many of us at some point in our lives. While depression can take a heavy toll on your home and work life, you don’t have to tough it out. There are plenty of things you can start doing today to feel better.
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As men, we like to think of ourselves as strong and in control of our emotions. When we feel hopeless or overwhelmed by despair we often deny it or try to cover it up. But depression is a common problem that affects many of us at some point in our lives. While depression can take a heavy toll on your home and work life, you don’t have to tough it out. There are plenty of things you can start doing today to feel better.
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Depression In Teens

Depression In Teens | Counselling and Psychology | Scoop.it
It’s not unusual for young people to experience "the blues" or feel "down in the dumps" occasionally. Adolescence is always an unsettling time, with the many physical, emotional, psychological and social changes that accompany this stage of life.
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It’s not unusual for young people to experience "the blues" or feel "down in the dumps" occasionally. Adolescence is always an unsettling time, with the many physical, emotional, psychological and social changes that accompany this stage of life.
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The psychology of attitudes to same-sex marriage

The psychology of attitudes to same-sex marriage | Counselling and Psychology | Scoop.it
As the Australian same-sex marriage debate heats up, it may be time for cool reflection on the sources of our polarised views.

Recent research shines a revealing light on the roots of pro- and anti-same-sex marriage sentiment.

It helps explain the roots of our attitudes to same-sex marriage, and whether they are shallow enough to allow attitudes to change.
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As the Australian same-sex marriage debate heats up, it may be time for cool reflection on the sources of our polarised views. Recent research shines a revealing light on the roots of pro- and anti-same-sex marriage sentiment. It helps explain the roots of our attitudes to same-sex marriage, and whether they are shallow enough to allow attitudes to change.
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What Makes Marriage Work?

What Makes Marriage Work? | Counselling and Psychology | Scoop.it
Research indicates you can get mad as hell or avoid conflict altogether. But the positivity must outweigh the negativity by five to one.

If you are worried about the future of your marriage or relationship, you have plenty of company. There's no denying that this is a frightening time for couples. More than half of all first marriages end in divorce; 60 percent of second marriages fail. What makes the numbers even more disturbing is that no one seems to understand why our marriages have become so fragile.
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Research indicates you can get mad as hell or avoid conflict altogether. But the positivity must outweigh the negativity by five to one. If you are worried about the future of your marriage or relationship, you have plenty of company. There's no denying that this is a frightening time for couples. More than half of all first marriages end in divorce; 60 percent of second marriages fail. What makes the numbers even more disturbing is that no one seems to understand why our marriages have become so fragile.
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Men: A Different Depression

Men: A Different Depression | Counselling and Psychology | Scoop.it
According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), about six million American men suffer from depression every year. Yet psychologists know that men are far less likely than women to seek help not only for all mental-health problems, but depression in particular.

According to the NIMH public-information campaign, "Real Men. Real Depression.," which began in 2003, men may be unlikely to admit to depressive symptoms and seek help.
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According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), about six million American men suffer from depression every year. Yet psychologists know that men are far less likely than women to seek help not only for all mental-health problems, but depression in particular. According to the NIMH public-information campaign, "Real Men. Real Depression.," which began in 2003, men may be unlikely to admit to depressive symptoms and seek help.
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Adolescent Depression: Symptoms and Solutions

Adolescent Depression: Symptoms and Solutions | Counselling and Psychology | Scoop.it
Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad. But these feelings are usually short-lived and pass within a couple of days. When you have depression, it interferes with daily life and causes pain for both you and those who care about you. Depression is a common but serious illness. Research has consistently shown that symptoms of depression are a key risk factor for suicide-related behaviors. According to the CDC (2011) High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data approximately 8.3 percent of African American teens compared to 6.2 percent of Whites attempt suicide.
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Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad. But these feelings are usually short-lived and pass within a couple of days. When you have depression, it interferes with daily life and causes pain for both you and those who care about you. Depression is a common but serious illness. Research has consistently shown that symptoms of depression are a key risk factor for suicide-related behaviors. According to the CDC (2011) High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data approximately 8.3 percent of African American teens compared to 6.2 percent of Whites attempt suicide.
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A Long Arm: Teen Depression

A Long Arm: Teen Depression | Counselling and Psychology | Scoop.it
You could say it's depressing news. Not only do adolescents experience major depression at the same rates that adults do, three quarters of depressed adolescents experience further psychiatric disorder. By age 24, half of them have had another episode of major depression. And another 25% have experienced alcohol and drug problems.

Only a quarter of those with a history of major depression between ages 14 and 19 remain free of psychiatric problems through age 23. But even they are subject to residual effects of their earlier disorder during young adulthood. They make less money. They are less likely to have graduated from college. They are more likely to have a period of unemployment.
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You could say it's depressing news. Not only do adolescents experience major depression at the same rates that adults do, three quarters of depressed adolescents experience further psychiatric disorder. By age 24, half of them have had another episode of major depression. And another 25% have experienced alcohol and drug problems. Only a quarter of those with a history of major depression between ages 14 and 19 remain free of psychiatric problems through age 23. But even they are subject to residual effects of their earlier disorder during young adulthood. They make less money. They are less likely to have graduated from college. They are more likely to have a period of unemployment.
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Beyond worry: How psychologists help with anxiety disorders

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Beyond Worry:
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Everyone worries or feels nervous from time to time. Anxiety is a normal human reaction to stressful situations. But for people with anxiety disorders, those fears and worries aren't temporary. Their anxiety persists, and can even get worse over time.

Anxiety disorders can severely impair a person's ability to function at work, school and in social situations. Anxiety can also interfere with a person's relationships with family members and friends. Fortunately, though, there are effective treatments for anxiety.
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How Psychologists Help With Anxiety Disorders (PDF, 280KB) Everyone worries or feels nervous from time to time. Anxiety is a normal human reaction to stressful situations. But for people with anxiety disorders, those fears and worries aren't temporary. Their anxiety persists, and can even get worse over time. Anxiety disorders can severely impair a person's ability to function at work, school and in social situations. Anxiety can also interfere with a person's relationships with family members and friends. Fortunately, though, there are effective treatments for anxiety.
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The Structure of Fear

The Structure of Fear | Counselling and Psychology | Scoop.it
Students learned that fear overlaps other emotions, some obvious but others surprising. Obvious were anxiety, stress, terror, and concern. Hope was a surprise, but hope can be a strategy for blunting or blocking fear.
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Students learned that fear overlaps other emotions, some obvious but others surprising. Obvious were anxiety, stress, terror, and concern. Hope was a surprise, but hope can be a strategy for blunting or blocking fear.
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How To Approach Anxiety with Cleverness, Part 2

How To Approach Anxiety with Cleverness, Part 2 | Counselling and Psychology | Scoop.it
When anxiety drums up some noise (needless worries that don’t signal you to action and therefore do not deserve your attention), hoping to distract and disrupt your best-laid plans, you can respond in one of two ways. You can choose to tussle with anxiety, which is what it wants. It wants to arm wrestle. It wants to struggle—because struggling casts doubt, causes us to second-guess our actions, and leaves us stagnant.
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When anxiety drums up some noise (needless worries that don’t signal you to action and therefore do not deserve your attention), hoping to distract and disrupt your best-laid plans, you can respond in one of two ways. You can choose to tussle with anxiety, which is what it wants. It wants to arm wrestle. It wants to struggle—because struggling casts doubt, causes us to second-guess our actions, and leaves us stagnant.
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When Trust Hits Rough Waters, Flow Like a River

When Trust Hits Rough Waters, Flow Like a River | Counselling and Psychology | Scoop.it
If you’ve lived long enough, you’ve most likely experienced a close relationship where trust had been broken. Perhaps a friend turned his or her back on you during a time of need. Maybe your partner cheated on you. Or perhaps your son or daughter lied to you. In this post, we’ll explore how meditation helps us during times when our trust has been betrayed.
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If you’ve lived long enough, you’ve most likely experienced a close relationship where trust had been broken. Perhaps a friend turned his or her back on you during a time of need. Maybe your partner cheated on you. Or perhaps your son or daughter lied to you. In this post, we’ll explore how meditation helps us during times when our trust has been betrayed.
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Childhood ADHD and Poor Self-Esteem

Childhood ADHD and Poor Self-Esteem | Counselling and Psychology | Scoop.it
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) isn't just about symptoms you can see. Sure, a child with ADHD can be fidgety, or overly talkative, or unable to focus. Hiding underneath that, though, may be intense anxiety, too. Maybe their lack of impulse control goes so deep they can't even control their own thoughts. Then, after years of being punished more often than their siblings, or removed from classrooms day after day, they become angry and depressed. If your child is like mine, they start saying they're worthless or a "bad" kid. Every day becomes a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
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Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) isn't just about symptoms you can see. Sure, a child with ADHD can be fidgety, or overly talkative, or unable to focus. Hiding underneath that, though, may be intense anxiety, too. Maybe their lack of impulse control goes so deep they can't even control their own thoughts. Then, after years of being punished more often than their siblings, or removed from classrooms day after day, they become angry and depressed. If your child is like mine, they start saying they're worthless or a "bad" kid. Every day becomes a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.
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How Workplace Bullying is Impacting LGBT Employees

How Workplace Bullying is Impacting LGBT Employees | Counselling and Psychology | Scoop.it
Harassment in any form can be debilitating. In the recent news we have read about more and more women coming forward sharing their experiences of sexual harassment, whether it was in the workplace or otherwise—these women felt powerless to men at the time.
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Harassment in any form can be debilitating. In the recent news we have read about more and more women coming forward sharing their experiences of sexual harassment, whether it was in the workplace or otherwise—these women felt powerless to men at the time.
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Answers to Your Questions For a Better Understanding of Sexual Orientation and Homosexuality

Answers to Your Questions For a Better Understanding of Sexual Orientation and Homosexuality | Counselling and Psychology | Scoop.it
Since 1975, the American Psychological Association has called on psychologists to take the lead in removing the stigma of mental illness that has long been associated with lesbian, gay and bisexual orientations. The discipline of psychology is concerned with the well-being of people and groups and therefore with threats to that well-being. The prejudice and discrimination that people who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual regularly experience have been shown to have negative psychological effects. This pamphlet is designed to provide accurate information for those who want to better understand sexual orientation and the impact of prejudice and discrimination on those who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual.
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The discipline of psychology is concerned with the well-being of people and groups and therefore with threats to that well-being. The prejudice and discrimination that people who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual regularly experience have been shown to have negative psychological effects. This pamphlet is designed to provide accurate information for those who want to better understand sexual orientation and the impact of prejudice and discrimination on those who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual.
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