Mental health news for National Minority Health Month: COVID-19, ADHD, dementia and more
National Minority Health Month originated in 1915 with the establishment of National Negro Health Week by educator Booker T. Washington.
The U.S. Congress passed a resolution in 2002 to recognize April as National Minority Health Month. In conjunction with this observance, Healio Psychiatry has compiled a list of articles covering research related to mental health disparities and insights along racial and ethnic lines.
COVID-19-related mental health, substance use disparities differ by race, ethnicity
Combined prevalence estimates of depression, initiating or increasing substance use and suicidal thoughts/ideation among U.S. adults have been significant during the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers noted in MMWR. Estimates varied by race/ethnicity. Read more.
Methamphetamine overdose death rates differ by sex, race/ethnicity
Methamphetamine overdose death rates in the United States in recent years differed by sex, race and ethnicity, according to results of a research letter published in JAMA Psychiatry. Read more.
Racial disparities exist in diagnosis, treatment of ADHD
Researchers reported evidence of racial and ethnic disparities in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD, according to results of a retrospective cohort study published in JAMA Network Open. Read more.
Racial, ethnic minorities receive inequitable dementia care
Patients of a racial or ethnic minority group experienced a lower chance of receiving an earlier diagnosis of dementia or a comprehensive evaluation compared to white patients, according to findings published in JAMA Neurology. Read more.
Black, 'Latinx' transgender youth have significant rates of mental health symptoms
Black and “Latinx” transgender youth had significant mental health symptom rates, according to results of a survey study published in JAMA Network Open. Read more.
VIDEO: Six ways clinicians can address rising anti-Asian sentiment
There has been a dramatic increase in anti-Asian sentiment since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to James H. Lee, MD, a psychiatry resident at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Read more.