Asking similar questions facilitated a comparison of survey results with those of an earlier study of general psychiatry training directors. This strategy may also help in cases of individuals requesting for a change of orientation in order to enter into heterosexual marriages because of family and societal pressures. It will help to understand that some heterosexuals will be shocked or confused initially. Psychiatrists are often faced with the question of what's normal and what's not almost on a daily basis. Probing into the need and importance of coming out along with other questions would help in knowing patient's concerns in detail [ Table 1 ].
It is important for psychiatrists to understand that the individual in coming out process may face disapproval and stigmatization not only from society, but also from their own family members and peer groups.
Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Communities and Mental Health
Footnotes Source of Support: It is also of use to tell them of the spectrum of sexualities present in humans and that heterosexuality is not the only one. Coming out to family members, especially parents, is a major decision and hurdle in LGBT individuals. These may be the only messages an individual may have heard concerning sexuality, so it can be difficult to accept a different orientation in oneself. These are all justified questions and are better addressed as they arise.
There is a possibility that as these laws are read down, psychiatrists may face individuals in their clinical consultations seeking help in issues related to coming out of their closets. Sexual orientation and health among U. Probing into the need and importance of coming out along with other questions would help in knowing patient's concerns in detail [ Table 1 ]. Child and adolescent training directors were, however, less likely to have a favorable view of disclosure of sexual orientation to patients, less likely to know LGB residents or faculty, and less likely to report LGB residents an asset to their departments. Table 1 Questions in coming out.