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Depression testing for homosexuals gains popularity in Hsinchu clinic

Staff writer, with CNA

A psychiatric clinic that offers free depression tests for homosexual people has become popular among the homosexual community, according to a psychiatrist at the hospital where it is located.

Su Po-wen (蘇柏文), chief of the psychiatric department at National Taiwan University Hospital’s Chutung branch in Hsinchu County, said that word of mouth in the homosexual community helped the clinic, established within the department a year ago, reach many homosexual people from around the country.

Many homosexuals who come to the clinic are troubled by issues such as campus bullying, romantic frustration and relationship problems with family and friends, he said.

Signs of depression include mood swings, anxiety, alcohol abuse and physical disorders, he said, urging people with such problems to seek medical help.

The department is also setting up a stall during the Taiwan Gisneyland Party — an event scheduled to be held today in Hsinchu City to support homosexuals — and it welcomes people to make appointments to seek professional consultation, Su said.

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