Transgender Adults Experience Higher Rates of Depression and Anxiety, Survey Finds

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A recent KFF/Washington Post poll reveals concerning mental health disparities among transgender adults. Over 40% of transgender adults report experiencing anxiety (56%), depression (48%), or loneliness (44%) often in the past year. In contrast, heterosexual adults reported lower rates of these emotions (31% anxiety, 21% depression, and 21% loneliness). Transgender individuals also reported less frequent happiness (40%) and hopefulness (29%) compared to their heterosexual counterparts (59% and 50%, respectively). Younger transgender adults experience higher levels of anxiety and depression. Additionally, transgender individuals face a higher risk of self-harm, eating disorders, and suicidal thoughts compared to heterosexual adults.