It has been observed that prevalence rates of some psychiatric illnesses differ between countries, and even within countries across various ethnic and minority groups it is also reported that patients of different ethnic and minority groups may show variation in rates of diagnosis and rates of response and compliance to treatment of these illnesses. Depression is a diagnosis of increasing popularity, and was 'once referred to as the common cold of psychiatry' (seligman, 1975 as cited in hawton et al, 2000) it is estimated that there are over 6 million people in england alone who are 'designated' as from minority ethnic groups (department of health (doh), 2003. As for the content, i will begin with a discussion on what is meant by an ethnic minority group and by the term depression i will then present my view of how ethnicity affects the diagnostic process, initiated with a brief 'health warning' about the implications of racial stereotyping.
Chapter 2 culture counts: the influence of culture and society on mental health individuals from racial and ethnic minority groups who already have both a mental and a physical , psychiatrists, and psychiatric social workers the general medical and primary care sector offers a comprehensive range of health care services including, but. Diagnosing depression in ethnic minority groups social work essay the essay rubric is funny and could be interpreted in a figure of ways first, it invites me to make up one's mind whether the essay should be from the position of a client, or the healer, or both.
Depression is a leading cause of disability among many racial and ethnic groups in the united states, according to background information in the article pharmacotherapy menu menu. Depression prior work on racial and ethnic dis-parities in depression treatment has social work, university of washington, seattle dr jackson is with the institute for so- patients in racial-ethnic minority groups and non-latino white pa-tients. The study reveals that 76 percent of whites with self-reported depression symptoms are officially diagnosed, compared to just 587 percent of blacks, 627 percent of hispanics and 474 percent of asians findings also show strong differences among ethnic groups in the prevalence of depression among the four ethnic groups studied.
Research indicates that some minority groups are more likely than whites to delay seeking treatment until symptoms are more severe (see chapters 3 & 5) further, racial and ethnic minorities are less inclined than whites to seek treatment from mental health specialists gallo et al, 1995 chun et al, 1996 zhang et al, 1998. Members of ethnic minority groups are faced with several barriers that prevent them from adequately participating in treatment for mental illness mental illnesses are commonly overlooked and untreated due to the negative connotations that surround them.
The discrimination and empowerment in mental health social work essay this essay will firstly define what discrimination is and what it means to discriminate against something it will then explain what it means to discriminate against someone or a group in social work practice. Depression is a leading cause of disability among many racial and ethnic groups in the united states, according to background information in the article pharmacotherapy (including antidepressants) and psychotherapy are both effective, well tolerated treatments for depression when provided according to established guidelines.
Whites experiencing depression are far more likely to be diagnosed by a physician than other ethnic groups, according to a new study the study reveals that 76 percent of whites with self-reported depression symptoms are officially diagnosed, compared to just 587 percent of blacks, 627 percent of hispanics and 474 percent of asians.
Differences in depression diagnosis rates among racial/ethnic groups may be the result of both differences in underlying rates of pathology and underdiagnosing of depression in certain groups data on the underlying rates of pathology among adult populations are inconsistent.