Gender and Sexuality

April, 2012 | Vol: 10 Issue: 4

In this issue

Learning Objective


Sexual and Gender Diversity: Practice Tips

Sexual and Gender Diversity: Practic Tips - The Carlat Psychiatry Report

Patients who identify themselves within the broad category of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning) are an increasingly visible population. Research has consistently shown that LGBTQ-identified individuals suffer higher rates of depression, suicide, anxiety, smoking, substance abuse, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) than the general population.

A Primer on Transgender Care

Most psychiatrists have not been specifically trained in treating transgender patients. This is a problem, because as society has become more accepting of sexual and gender diversity, more of your patients are likely to divulge to you their transgender identity.

Expert Q&A

The Struggles of ‘Coming Out’

Dr. Olson, you are a psychiatrist with a special interest in sexuality, but from a personal perspective, you also wrote a book about your own experience coming out as gay later in life.

Research Update

Thyroid Function

True thyroid dysfunction can present with symptoms as wide-ranging as depression, mania, psychosis, or poor cognition.


Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has suddenly begun popping up in both the medical journals and the mainstream media as a potential treatment for treatment resistant depression.