Clinical Psychologist at the Eastern Regional Hospital, Dr. Isaac Sarfo Acheampong, says that LGBT persons have poor mental health that needs to be corrected.
He says that his statement is based on research.
In a media engagement, Dr. Acheampong, cited an example, saying that LGBT persons suffer more from mental health issues such as depression and low self-esteem than the general population
“Looking at the general population among heterosexuals and those LGBTIQs, there are mental health issues, based on research, that affect people with this orientation more than the general population. Generally, they have poor mental health which needs to be corrected. For instance, they suffer more from depression than the general population,” he said.
He added that:
“Generally, people with this sexual orientation always suffer suicidal ideation. Most of the clinical cases I’ve seen, I’ve never seen any heterosexual who comes to tell me that I want to change my sexual orientation. But the LGBT people who come want to stop it. So that tells you that there’s a serious mental health problem associated with being in this category.
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