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Stigma, Misdiagnosis Impede Treatment

A number of factors, including stigma and lack of insurance coverage,
keep many African-American elderly from seeking mental health care,
according to Warachal Faison, M.D., clinical director of the
Alzheimer's Research and Clinical Programs at the Medical University of
South Carolina and assistant director of the Institute for Research
Minority Training on Mental Health and Aging.

"If you are African American and have a mental illness," she said, "you
are considered to be a double minority." Faison is also vice chair of
APA's Committee on Ethnic Minority Elderly.

African Americans who seek mental health services are more likely to be
misdiagnosed with psychosis, less likely to be diagnosed with
depression, and less likely to receive a selective serotonin reuptake
inhibitor than are patients from other ethnic backgrounds, according to
Faison.

Elderly African Americans are also more likely than whites to be
misdiagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer's disease, she noted.

http://www.***.com/



Thu, 08 May 2008 10:16:32 GMT
 "If you are African American ...
On 19 Nov 2005 18:16:32 -0800, "Twittering One"

Quote:

>Stigma, Misdiagnosis Impede Treatment

>A number of factors, including stigma and lack of insurance coverage,
>keep many African-American elderly from seeking mental health care,
>according to Warachal Faison, M.D., clinical director of the
>Alzheimer's Research and Clinical Programs at the Medical University of
>South Carolina and assistant director of the Institute for Research
>Minority Training on Mental Health and Aging.

>"If you are African American and have a mental illness," she said, "you
>are considered to be a double minority." Faison is also vice chair of
>APA's Committee on Ethnic Minority Elderly.

>African Americans who seek mental health services are more likely to be
>misdiagnosed with psychosis,

....given haldol at some gowdawful state mental hospital and left to
die alone.

http://www.findagrave.com/forums/showflat.php?Cat=0&Number=505782&an=...



Fri, 09 May 2008 08:37:18 GMT
 "If you are African American ...
....given haldol at some gowdawful state mental hospital and left to
die alone.
~ G

Yeah.

Interesting site.
Do you know of others relevant?



Fri, 09 May 2008 08:58:31 GMT
 "If you are African American ...
Physical exercise and mental stimulation are essential to achieve
successful aging, he said.

There is evidence that even older people living with physical illnesses
and serious mental illness such as schizophrenia can achieve successful
aging, he said, which flies in the face of {*filter*} attitudes toward
elderly people with mental illness in our culture-that they are "not
worth wasting time and energy on" because they are in advanced stages
of life, and nothing more can be done for them. "Societal and
scientific attitudes toward aging need to change," Jeste declared.

We place consderable focus on the unmet needs of children,
but we have barely begun to meet the needs of the elderly;

in many ways,
more vulernable, because their needs are more invisible
and easier to ignore.



Fri, 09 May 2008 09:04:30 GMT
 "If you are African American ...
On 20 Nov 2005 16:58:31 -0800, "Twittering One"

Quote:

>....given haldol at some gowdawful state mental hospital and left to
>die alone.
>~ G

>Yeah.

>Interesting site.
>Do you know of others relevant?

No.  I  was Googling Dix - which is a hell hole according to all of
the reports I have heard - and came across the site.

_g



Fri, 09 May 2008 10:17:13 GMT
 
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