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PTSD in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Population 

PTSD in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Population
Chapter:
PTSD in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Population
Source:
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Author(s):

Andrew J. Wawrzyniak

, and Samir Sabbag

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190259440.003.0014

The emerging field of sexual minority health has begun to highlight the differential impact of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons. This chapter addresses the higher prevalence of PTSD among LGBT persons and examines the biological underpinnings of PTSD in this population. The chapter also presents risk factors for PTSD experienced by LGBT individuals. It concludes with treatment recommendations. Treatment for PTSD in LGBT populations, in addition to treatment as usual for any patient, should recognize and acknowledge the patient’s sexual identity in forming a treatment plan. Future research in this field should aim to incorporate heterosexual controls as a reference group for comparison, where applicable.

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