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LGBTQ Issues Specialist

Wendell Street Psychiatric, LLC

Board Certified Psychiatrists located in Fairbanks, AK

If you identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ), you’re three times more likely to experience a mental health disorder such as anxiety or depression. At Wendell Street Psychiatric, LLC, in Fairbanks, Alaska, board-certified psychiatrist Mikki Barker, DO, and her compassionate team offer psychotherapy and medications to treat patients struggling with the mental health conditions that might coincide with LGBTQ issues. Call the office or request an appointment online to learn more.

LGBTQ Issues

Who is considered part of the LGBTQ community?

LGBTQ is an acronym that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer. If you’re part of the LGBTQ community and experience a mental health disorder, the Wendell Street Psychiatric, LLC, team is here for you every step of the way. They help you work through the mental struggles you might experience as an LGBTQ person to help improve your well-being and overall quality of life.

What mental health issues do LGBTQ people experience?

Mental health issues can impact anyone, of any race, ethnicity, gender, or orientation. But those in the LGBTQ community may be at a higher risk of experiencing these mental health issues:

Depression

Signs of depression include constant sadness, worthlessness, hopelessness, guilt, shame, and fatigue. You might not enjoy some of your favorite activities anymore, eat more or less than usual, socially isolate yourself, or have suicidal thoughts.

Anxiety

If you suffer from anxiety, you may constantly feel anxious or fearful during situations most other people don’t have problems with. For instance, you might feel anxious in social situations and avoid going to certain places or being around people because of it.

Suicidal thoughts

Those in the LGBTQ community have an increased risk of suicidal thoughts compared with the general population. They are about five times more likely than their heterosexual peers to attempt suicide. At the first sign of suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255), and contact the Wendell Street Psychiatric, LLC, team for an evaluation and treatment.

How are LGBTQ issues approached?

Everyone’s relationship with their mental health is unique and anyone can experience mental health issues. However, the nuanced experiences of those in the LGBTQ community and the mental health issues they may face require a thoughtful, inclusive approach to care that the team at Wendell Street Psychiatric, LLC, provides. 

Much like any other psychiatry visit, your provider reviews your symptoms and medical history before reaching a diagnosis. They personalize treatments based on the type and severity of your condition, taking into account your unique situation. 

Wendell Street Psychiatric, LLC, offers psychotherapy to help you change thought and behavior patterns, thrive in your environment, and reduce stress, depression, and anxiety. They might recommend individual, group, or family counseling. 

They can also prescribe medications that ease anxiety and diminish depression symptoms. Your provider might combine psychotherapy with medicines to give you the best outcome, prevent serious mental health complications, and restore your quality of life.

If you’re a member of the LGBTQ community and are struggling with your mental health, the compassionate team at Wendell Street Psychiatric, LLC, is here to help. Schedule an evaluation with the team by phone or book an appointment online today.