Depression in African-Americans, according to Sirry Alang, Ph.D., at Lehigh University, is expressed in ways that are inconsistent with symptoms of depression laid out in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Dr. Alang found that African-Americans perceive depression as a weakness inconsistent with notions of strength in the community, rather than as a health condition. She maintains that the results of her study have significant implications for the clinical assessment of depression and for the measurement of depression in community surveys.

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Do you believe different diagnostic tools, rather than the standard DSM-V ones, are required to assess depression in African-Americans?



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