Europe’s Pink News reports: “A new study in the US says bisexual women are more likely to suffer from depression and to binge drink than men.
“George Mason University found that there was a high likelihood of depression and alcohol abuse for bisexual teenagers regardless of gender. However, men appeared to experience a reduced risk of abuse as they aged. Women’s chances remained static. Researchers found that women identified as straight or gay were less prone to depression than those who were bisexual.”
Lead researcher Lisa Lindly said: “There tends to be this expectation or standard that a person picks one sexual identity and sticks with it. I think there’s a lot of misunderstanding about bisexuals. I think their risk has a lot more to do with stigma”.
As the Times of India reports: “ Looking closely at the survey data, Lindley noted, both bisexual girls and boys were more likely to be high-risk for depression, stress and alcohol abuse when they were teenagers. She found that the odds dropped for men as they got older, but not so for women. In addition, women who were strictly identified as straight or gay didn't have the same risk factors that bisexual women had, according Lindley. Men didn't report feeling as depressed or stressed as women did. They also didn't binge-drink or smoke as much as bisexual women. ‘I don't know is the honest answer. Perhaps it's because men, if gay or straight, have a stronger connection to their community. Bisexual women may not feel as if there is a community for them’, Lindley concluded.”
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