I'm a 24 year old male. Sometimes I look at girls and pretend it's me wearing what they are wearing. Why am I doing that? Also really want to have sex another man instead of my girlfriend.

Sounds like you are questioning your sexual identity and possibly gender. 

It would be helpful to schedule an appointment with a therapist to discuss these issues. 

Contact Corner Health or ask your primary care provider or insurance company for referrals. 

I have a vagina and when I was younger I started masturbating with an electric toothbrush. Now that I'm older I've bought a few vibrators and none of them work for me like the toothbrush? This is a stupid question but is it possible I've programmed myself so the only thing that works is that dumb toothbrush? What about having sex with other people? Am i desensitized?

That is a complicated question and I would recommend you speak with a gynecologist or sex therapist/counselor to get more information.  

How do i deal with my depression? I've tried a therapist I've tried pills iv'e tried everything and i don't seem to be happy, recently I've gotten extremely depressed because i got taken away from my mother and its been giving me anxiety and making me very sad all the time i don't think theres one time of the day i'm not crying even therapists think i don't have a cure for my sadness.

There are many many treatments for depression.  There are always new options.  Please schedule an appointment with your dr or come to Corner Health Clinic.  

There are also helplines such at Ozone House 734-662-2222, The texting hotline 741-741 for additional support. 

Is it normal that when I have sex with my boyfriend he takes like forever to come? Is it normal? Once he didn't even come, and when he takes too long he starts to masturbate but really rough so I want to know how I can help him.

There are a variety of reasons why it may take your boyfriend forever to come.  Some possibilities are medical conditions, medications, anxiety, drug use.  It is recommended the he make an appointment with his primary care provider or schedule an appointment at the Corner Health Center.  He may feel embarrassed talking about it but it sounds like it is important and health care providers are here to help. 

I'm 15 and gay and I feel like there's nobody out there in my position. I'm really lonely, and I really don't know what to do. I would like to meet some friends (or perhaps someone special), but I feel like I have no contact with the LGBT community at all. Any suggestions?

Thanks for writing to us! Coming out as gay can be a difficult and lonely process, especially during your teenage years. However, it’s important to know that you are not alone. There are lots of great resources in our local community to make friends and find support. Take a look at these following LGBTQ youth spaces:

Washtenaw County

  • Ozone House PrideZone: A safe space for young people ages 13 – 20 who identify as LGBT to find support and socialize. Meets every Wednesday from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Ozone Drop-In Center located at 102 N. Hamilton in Ypsilanti. They also have a facebook page.

  • Neutral Zone Riot Youth: A safe space for teens who identify as LGBTQQA to find support, build leadership skills, take action, network and socialize. Meets every Friday from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Neutral Zone located at 310 E. Washington in Ann Arbor. 

Metro Detroit

  • Affirmations Youth Empowerment Program: Drop-in space for young people ages 13 – 20 who identify as LGBTQ. Open every Monday – Saturday from 4 – 9 p.m. at Affirmations located at 209 W. Nine Mile in Ferndale. 

  • Ruth Ellis Center Youth Programs: Drop-in programs for young people who identify as LGBTQ. Located at 77 Victor St. in Highland Park. 

At the Corner, we provide young people who identify as LGBTQ with safe and confidential health and mental health support. If you need anything from a physical to HIV testing to someone to talk to, we’re here for you. Live chat, call, or walk-in to schedule your first visit!


I think that I might be depressed. Are there any ways to know for sure? What are some things that I can do if I am?

Depression is a common issue among young people.  You are not alone!  However, if you are feeling like you might be depressed, now is the time to schedule an appointment with a healthcare professional.  Some of the signs and symptoms of depression include trouble sleeping, lack of concentration, change in appetite, and feeling worthless, hopeless, or guilty.  If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call us!  Here at the Corner, you can meet with a mental health professional that can help you to figure out what is going on and how you might be able to feel better.

What types of cancer can you get from smoking?

Did you know that nearly 1 in 5 deaths in the U.S. each year are attributed to cigarette smoking?!? That’s because smoking takes a serious toll on your short and long-term health. Among other health problems, smoking increases your risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer. There are many types of cancer that are caused by smoking cigarettes including bladder, cervical, kidney, voice box, throat, mouth, lung, pancreatic, stomach, and esophageal cancer. Whew—that’s unfortunately a very long list! The good thing is that your chance of getting these cancers is greatly reduced if you do not smoke. If you do smoke, quitting is your best option to live a long and healthy life. Your body immediately starts to get better once you quit, so the sooner you stop smoking the better. Need help quitting? We’ve got a team to help you. Learn more about our smoking cessation services here >>

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I’m not sick but I need someone to talk to about issues at home. Can I come to the Corner for that?

Absolutely! At the Corner we are here to help you be healthy both physically and mentally.

Our team of counselors and psychiatrists are here to listen to young people when they need someone to talk to. Many young people come to the Corner to work through their parents’ divorce or deal with other issues at home. You can also meet with our counselors if you’re stressed about school, having trouble with friends, or just feeling blue. These visits are free and confidential—pretty cool, don’t you think?!

We ask all patients to see a medical doctor at the Corner once prior to making a counseling appointment. Our doctor will help you figure out which counselor is best for you. It’s easy to make an appointment! Click here to learn how.


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