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Racial Discrimination Linked with Worse Mental Health

Jan 11, 2016

Discrimination has been linked with negative health outcomes among racial minorities, including increased rates of mental health problems such as panic attacks, generalized anxiety disorder, depression and suicidal ideation. "We find a direct relationship, and because the analyses were longitudinal, we have more confidence in the causal nature of the relationship," study co-author Naa Oyo A. Kwate, PhD, an associate professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey, told Psychiatry Advisor. "Experiences with racism are stressors, and are chronic, unpredictable and uncontrollable-the worst kind of stress."


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