Young Transgender Women at Higher Risk of Depression and Addiction: Study

Young transgender women are more likely than the general U.S. population to be affected by mental health issues such as addiction and depression, a new study suggests.

Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital note mental health issues and addiction affect between 4 to 26 percent of people in the United States. Among the 300 transgender women in the study, about 42 percent had one or more mental health or addiction diagnoses. One-fifth had two or more diagnoses. The study participants ranged in age from 16 to 29.

About one-third of participants had been depressed at some time in their lives, and 15 percent were currently depressed. About 20 percent reported suicidal thoughts in the past 30 days. About 8 percent of participants had anxiety in the past six months, and about 10 percent had post-traumatic stress disorder. About 11 percent reported alcohol dependence in the past year, while 15 percent reported some other type of addiction.

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Will Savage

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