Cultural Competence

Misdiagnosis of Mood Disorders in Black Teenagers

October 30, 2023 | NWI

Research shows that kids of color, specifically Black kids, may be more likely than white kids to get the wrong diagnosis when they show signs of a mood disorder. They might get written off as misbehaving. Or they might be wrongly diagnosed with a different disorder like conduct disorder. This article discusses why this might be happening and what can be done to ensure proper diagnosis.

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