Are homosexuality and bisexuality mental illnesses?
Homosexuality and bisexuality are not mental illnesses. In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from the official listing of psychiatric disorders. In 1975, the American Psychological Association adopted a similar resolution. Position statements of the American Medical Association and the Society for Adolescent Medicine agree with these affirmations regarding sexual orientation. Studies show that people's sexual orientation has no bearing on their mental health and emotional stability. When forced to remain in the closet about one's homosexuality or bisexuality, a person may experience depression and other psychological problems; however, these problems stem from a homophobic society and not from sexual orientation. Read more - Frequently Asked Questions about Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity - Advocates for Youth - 2000 M Street NW, Suite 750 | Washington, DC 20036