Gay people may be more likely to experience difficulties with their mental health. This is mainly the result of the stigma and discrimination they face. Being lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB) may increase the chance of developing bipolar disorder.
Some research suggests that being attracted to people of the same gender may mean having a higher chance of developing bipolar disorder than the general public.
In addition to the oppression that gay people face that contributes toward worsening mental health, heterosexism may also present a barrier to accessing suitable treatment.