The largest study of bisexual people in the world to date, led by La Trobe University, has examined why bisexual people experience higher rates of psychological distress than heterosexual and homosexual people. Questioning more than 2, bisexual people across Australia, the Who I Am study's aim was to uncover the reasons for poor mental health in bisexual people. The study found significant links between poor mental health and the following factors:. Bisexual people who are in heterosexual relationships; Bisexual people perceiving their sexuality to be bad or wrong; Bisexual people thinking their partner's support or understanding of their sexuality is low. The study found significant statistics demonstrating the poor mental health of cisgender where their gender is congruent with biological sex bisexual people: One in four have attempted suicide; Nearly 80 per cent had considered self-harm or thought about committing suicide Over 60 per cent have high or very high current psychological distress, with 40 per cent reporting having had depression in the past; Transgender and gender diverse bisexual people experienced even poorer mental health and these findings will be released in the coming months.
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Study exposes reasons behind poor mental health in bisexual people
In either case, a person may choose to identify as bisexual as a matter of preference, and some may use the terms bisexual and pansexual interchangeably. Find a Therapist Advanced Search Individuals who identify as bisexual are not necessarily attracted to men and women equally and will generally experience sexual attraction in a wide variety of ways. Some people who identify as bisexual may wish to pursue non-monogamous relationships with a variety of individuals, but simply identifying as bisexual does not indicate that a person is non-monogamous. The complexities of romantic, sexual, and emotional attraction are difficult to define and no one example can sum up what it means to be bisexual. The complexities of romantic, sexual, and emotional attraction are difficult to define, and no one example can sum up what it means to be bisexual.
As a proud bisexual man, for years I've had to navigate the complicated gray area that my identity occupies on the sexuality spectrum. Despite all of the gains the LGBT community has made, bisexuals are still looked upon with confusion — or outright scorn — by gays, lesbians, and straight people alike. From people asking me if I was "full-blown gay yet" to others questioning my motivations, I've probably heard it all. Unfortunately, the binary thinking of those who deny bisexuality's existence ultimately oppresses everyone by perpetuating unflinching standards of identity, whether they be heteronormative or homonormative.