Depressed African Americans more likely to get wrong diagnosis

By Patti Verbanas-Rutgers, Futurity

The study, which appears in the journal Psychiatric Services, examined the medical records of 1,657 people at a community behavioral health clinic that included screening for major depression as part of its assessment for schizophrenia in new patients.

“By definition, schizophrenia is a diagnosis of exclusion: Clinicians must rule out other potential causes of symptoms, including mood disorders, before the diagnosis of schizophrenia is given,” says Michael Gara, a professor of psychiatry at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Rutgers University and a faculty member at Behavioral Health Care.

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