Navigation Links
Blacks Often Misdiagnosed With Schizophrenia, Author Says

Trend dates to Civil Rights era and continues today, new book claims

FRIDAY, Jan. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Black men in the United States are misdiagnosed with schizophrenia at least five times more often than any other racial group.

This trend dates back to the 1960s and 1970s, when equal rights activism was equated with mental illness, said researcher Jonathan Metzl, an associate professor of psychiatry and women's studies at the University of Michigan, and director of U-M's Culture, Health and Medicine Program.

He analyzed archives at the Ionia State Hospital for the Criminally Insane and found that black men, mainly from Detroit during the civil rights era, were taken to the facility and often misdiagnosed with schizophrenia.

"Some patients became schizophrenic because of changes in their diagnosis rather than their clinical symptoms," Metzl said in a U-M news release.

He noted that the way schizophrenia was defined by the psychiatric profession changed in the 1960s and 1970s. It had been considered an illness affecting non-violent white patients, but the language was changed to violent, hostile, angry and aggressive as a way to label black men.

"It's an easy thing to say this was racism, but it's a much more complicated story -- that's still playing out in present day," he added.

The criminalization of mental illness and misdiagnosis of schizophrenia meant that many black men have been placed in prisons rather than psychiatric hospitals, Metzl said. He noted that the Ionia facility became a prison in 1977.

Over-diagnosis of schizophrenia in black American men continues despite efforts to improve cultural competency training in psychiatry.

"Multicultural training is important, but it often does little to address how assumptions about race are structurally embedded into health care delivery systems," Metzl said.

His research appears in a new book, The Protest Psychosis: How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease.

More information

Mental Health America has more about schizophrenia.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: University of Michigan, news release, Jan. 6, 2010

Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Blacks With Diabetes Urged to Cut Calories, Salt
2. Excess protein in urine is indicator of heart disease risk in whites, but not blacks
3. Melanoma Less Common in Blacks But Deadlier
4. Blacks Have Less Bad Fat Than Whites
5. Blacks at Greater Risk for Colorectal Cancer
6. Glaucoma Tied to Gene Variants in Blacks
7. Blacks Fare Worse After Cardiac Arrest
8. Lupus Worse in Blacks, Hispanics Than in Whites, Study Finds
9. Pancreatic Cancer Deaths Higher for Blacks
10. Lilly Named Best Company for Blacks in Technology
11. Women, blacks, Medicare recipients less likely to be evaluated for liver transplantation
Post Your Comments:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... The American Board of Family Medicine's (ABFM) Board ... Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Dr. James C. Puffer upon his retirement. Dr. Newton will ... Dr. Puffer’s retirement at the end of 2018. Upon assuming the role of President ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... PurhealthRX ... CBD Oil utilizing Purzorb™ technology. Applying the Purzorb™process to full spectrum CBD oil will ... and providing a CBD form that can be easily incorporated into liquid products, while ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... ... Lori R. Somekh, founder of the Law Office of Somekh & Associates ... special needs planning attorneys. “Membership in ElderCounsel helps our office remain up to date ... elder law attorneys nationwide,” said Somekh. , ElderCounsel was founded by ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Many families have long-term insurance that covers ... companies have a waiver for care if the client has a cognitive impairment diagnosis. ... pays for care, is often waived, so the benefits from their insurance start immediately,” ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... York, NY (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... influential people in business to advocate for action towards gender equality at their inaugural ... views from around the globe, and reached a social audience of over 3 million. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/2/2017)... , Oct. 2, 2017  AllianceRx Walgreens Prime, ... formed by Walgreens and pharmacy benefit manager Prime Therapeutics ... new brand, which included the unveiling of new signage ... , as well as at a few other company-owned ... new brand to patients, some of whom will begin ...
(Date:9/28/2017)... , Sept. 28, 2017 Cohen Veterans Bioscience ... the use of wearable and home sensors for real-time ... Early Signal Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on disruptive ... provide an affordable analytical system to record and integrate ... ...
(Date:9/25/2017)... 2017  EpiVax, Inc., a leader in the ... today announced the launch of EpiVax Oncology Inc., ... therapeutic cancer vaccines. EpiVax has provided $500,000 in ... enabling technologies to the new precision immunotherapy venture. ... Oncology as Chief Executive Officer. Gad brings over ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: