Is it taboo to talk about the mental health crisis amoung gay men?

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    Aug 23, 2010 7:04 PM GMT
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/theobserver/2010/aug/22/gay-attitude-depression-isolation

    I would suggest that with statistics like this we should stop criticizing each other for some harmless behavioral differences and start supporting each other as we all deserve to be treated.
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    Aug 23, 2010 7:17 PM GMT
    That article is pretty much saying that all gay men are mental cases. icon_neutral.gif
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    Aug 23, 2010 11:50 PM GMT
    UnforgivenBanshee saidIn my opinion Schizophrenia actually spreads to others that are ignorant to it's symptoms. At least that is what I find very common with my condition.icon_cool.gif


    lol good one
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    Aug 23, 2010 11:53 PM GMT
    Theyre not saying were "mental cases" man, its about depression anxiety and self-hatred.... you just have to go through a few of the forums on RJ, I started a few on depression and anxiety myslef, as I'm still suffering the negative effects myself.... and found out mot everyone on RJ has suffered from it at some point in their lives, well makes sense considering were second class citizens lol

    Its just annoying when people start equating "depressed and anxious" with "mental and crazy," really man, get your facts straight
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    Aug 24, 2010 12:25 AM GMT
    Depression is a very common disease. The article is saying tht it is even more common amongst gays.

    It is hard to be surprised by this. The article goes on to list well-known reasons.

    Personally, I have become so accustomed to keeping my guard up that I no longer think of it s a source of stress, though it is grindingly and it is not an option to relax with even those few I know well. So much for living life in a pressure cooker.

    Seems to me that the big deal in anticipation of the article's release is trumpery designed to sell magazines. Anyone who is gay or straight and at all thoughtful knows this issue well.
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    Aug 24, 2010 3:22 AM GMT
    ...perhaps the answer is quite simple; that gay people are among those who have experienced a dearth of love directed at them, so they've tried at one time or another to be something they aren't in order to obtain it..

    -Doug
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    Aug 24, 2010 3:31 AM GMT
    The statistics are out there to back it up; mental health issues are a real big issue in the LGBT community. I think it's multi-causal as to why this is, so of course the solutions will be just as varied. I do agree that the best first step is to open a discussion about recognizing the issue, and the second step would be to further educate ourselves as to what these mental health diseases really are. Ignorance kills. Gay men should know that better than anyone.
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    Aug 24, 2010 3:31 AM GMT
    xrichx saidThat article is pretty much saying that all gay men are mental cases. icon_neutral.gif


    Only if you didn't read it.