Teen's correct diagnosis was exception, not rule

  • Article by: JEREMY OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 29, 2011 - 10:13 PM

Bipolar disorder is too often blamed for erratic behavior, doctors say.

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hcrosbyDec. 30, 11 1:43 PM

Excellent article to reassure families of resources to help with behavorial challenges with Black male youth. The comments about proper diagnosis is very important before prescribing medicine without a psychological assessment or therapy. For Black males this is more the norm to categorize and suspend from school, because of limited resources to assess. The point of this disorder being genetic was also quite revealing. An article in Washington Post yesterday referenced a serious problem with Black males vs. Whites being suspended from school at some very high rates. The facts are with such a high variance in numbers, should be an alert to the schools and families that mental disorders may be the cause and with proper assessment can change the trends. This story reveals the life long consequneces for Black males who are not properly assessed and treated vs. incarceration. Prevention is worth a pound of cure especially for Black males.

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