A Narrative Review on Priorities of Mental Health Issues among Transgenders: “So Near, Yet so Far”





Mental Health, Transgender, Social Stressors, Future Research


In recent years there is a rapid rise in coming out of sexual and gender minority adults to their family members and society. Unfortunately, studies on unmet health needs of transgenders with a special focus to mental health is under-researched in India. The current paper aimed to explore about the mental health of transgenders and a literature search was done using PubMed, Google Scholar, and Scopus databases for the following medical subject headings (MeSH) key terms “transgender”, “mental Health”, “social stigma”, “LGBT”, “gender dysphoria”, “genderqueer”, “intersex”, “MSM”, “hijra”, “gay”, “lesbian”, “bisexual”, and “homosexual”. Transgender individuals were found to show high rates of mental health concerns. The most common mental health problems that we have shown in this review article are depression, obsessive-compulsive disorders, generalized anxiety disorders, suicidal attempts and bipolar disorders. Transgender people are at more risk for mental health problems than their heterogenous counterparts. The intervention program to eliminate or reduce these problems needs to be planned carefully, considering all the determinants.


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Das SC, Deep Shikha, Bhattacharya S, Sinha R. A Narrative Review on Priorities of Mental Health Issues among Transgenders: “So Near, Yet so Far”. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 2023 Mar. 31 [cited 2024 Jul. 16];35(1):09-14. Available from: https://www.iapsmupuk.org/journal/index.php/IJCH/article/view/2531



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