Systemic Racism Increases the Risk of Psychosis Among Minorities

Systemic Racism Increases the Risk of Psychosis Among Minorities

New findings published by the American Journal of Psychiatry reveal that Black Americans face a greater risk of psychosis as a result of risk factors that stem from racial discrimination and social disadvantage, reports the American Psychiatric Association. Psychosis is a condition that occurs when the brain processes information in a way that causes someone to lose touch with reality. The problem can be triggered by mental or physical illness, substance abuse, extreme stress or trauma. Such disadvantages are linked to mounting stress and an elevated risk of psychosis. “Funding priorities, training, and intervention development in North American psychiatry must shift to reflect this evidence.”For related coverage, read “How Social and Structural Racism Drive Health Inequities.”

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