More Blacks Are Diagnosed With Schizophrenia But Few Are Treated

A new research shows that blacks are more likely to be diagnosed with depression and schizophrenia disorders than whites.

The study, which was published by the Psychiatric Services journal, analyzed medical records of patients from the Mental Health Research Network.

One of the co-authors of the research, Ashli Owen-Smith who is an assistant professor at the Georgia State University, said, “It’s concerning that we saw a higher rate of diagnosis of schizophrenia and seemingly an undertreatment in terms of pharmacotherapy for that group.”

Since 2011, there has been over millions of patients that have been diagnosed with common psychiatric conditions such as depressive disorder, anxiety disorder, panic disorder, schizophrenia spectrum disorder and bipolar disorders. The rate at which African-Americans are associated with these disorders is twice that of Native Americans.

Groups of researchers have related race and socioeconomic status to the health of citizens. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, less-income blacks most likely report about serious psychological distress.

The possibility for an African-American to live long is just one out of ten. You are either shot dead as a teen by police officers or you die from distress or diseases because of no medications.

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