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J Natl Med Assoc. 1994 Aug;86(8):609-12.

Anxiety disorders in African Americans: an update.

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Department of Psychology, Kings County Hospital Center, SUNY/Health Science Center at Brooklyn 11203-2098.


This article discusses issues involved in the diagnosis of anxiety disorders, particularly panic disorder, in African Americans. Although epidemiological studies have shown similar prevalence rates of anxiety disorders among African Americans and non-African Americans, African Americans are underrepresented among those in treatment at mental health settings or serving as clinical research subjects. In addition, few studies have researched the unique demographic, diagnostic, and treatment characteristics of African-American patients with anxiety disorders. Most clinicians therefore are not educated to consider these issues in adapting their treatment approach to affect a more successful treatment outcome for African-American patients with anxiety-disorder. This article identifies and addresses relevant cross-cultural issues.

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