Sunday, August 21, 2005

Study on African-American Mood Disorders

The Cincinnati Post - Blacks' mental states misdiagnosed: "Researchers at the University of Cincinnati are leading a four-year national study to try to determine why African-Americans seeking help for mood disorders, such as depression or bipolar disorder, are often misdiagnosed with schizophrenia.

'That's been a mystery for at least 45 years,' said Dr. Stephen Strakowski, a professor in UC's Department of Psychiatry and lead investigator for the study.

'Doctors overvalue certain symptoms over others, and they miss the mood disorder symptoms. We haven't determined why,' he said."