Gay, lesbian and bisexual Canadians experience more mood and anxiety disorders than other Canadians, and are more likely to turn to heavy drinking, with those who identified as bisexual reporting the highest rates of mood and anxiety disorders and heavy drinking compared to any other group.
This is according to a study from the University of British Columbia and published in the American Journal of Public Health. The study is the first of it’s kind in Canada, and draws on data from more than 220,000 Canadians who participated in the Canadian Community Health Survey between 2007 and 2012.
The study found that gay and lesbian Canadians reported about twice the rates of anxiety and mood disorders compared to heterosexual Canadians. Bisexual Canadians have nearly quadruple the rates of anxiety, mood, and combined anxiety and mood disorders relative to heterosexuals and approximately twice the rates of gay or lesbian respondents.