The Connection Between Migraines and Mental Health in the Black Community
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Approximately 7 million African Americans suffer migraine headaches, but only a minor fraction are correctly diagnosed and receive evidence-based care. Migraines are but one of the scores of headache disorders. Although there is limited research on the inequity and disparity of care for migraine, there is an absence of needed research on the clinical spectrum of migraine and other headache disorders in Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities. The absence of evidence is taken as evidence of absence, a fallacy contributing to misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, and disparity in care. This webinar will discuss migraine epidemiology, comorbidity with other diseases and psychiatric disorders, and treatment with emphasis on disparities in migraine care.
• Recognize migraine headaches as defined by the International Classification of Headache Disorders criteria
• Identify the epidemiology of migraine and its comorbid diseases in African Americans
• Define the physiological mechanism of migraine
• Identify the medications available for migraine treatment
• Recognize the disparity and inequity in migraine care for African American migraineurs
Benjamin Roy, MD is the immediate past president of the Black Psychiatrists of America. He received his medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine and served his internship in internal medicine at Harlem Hospital and a psychiatry residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital, both in New York, NY. He then completed a clinical fellowship in neuropharmacology at the National Institute of Mental Health and in neuroimmunology at the National Institute of Neurological, Communicative Disorders and Stroke, NIH, both in Bethesda, MD. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Roy discovered human antibodies for endorphins and the opiate receptor in patients with psychiatric disorders and holds two US patents on methods of detecting certain antibodies in human body fluids. He has participated in numerous phase 2-4 clinical trials in neuropharmacology and neuroimmunology. He exposed the purpose of the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment to develop syphilis diagnostic tests that were patented and commercialized.
Annelle Primm MD, MPH is the Senior Medical Director of the Steve Fund, an organization focused on the mental health of young people of color. She is also a member of the Black Psychiatrists of America Council of Elders.
Mental health professionals, community health advocates, the general public
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