This section contains a range of articles on different aspects of the mental health of people with intellectual disabilities.
It may be possible to lessen a challenging (problem) behaviour by altering the person's circumstances to make it less likely that the behaviour will occur.
"It's important for staff to be properly trained before using 'Time Out'."
Guidance and Resources on Alzheimer's Dementia for Carers of People with Down's Syndrome
Studies have demonstrated that people with intellectual disabilities stay longer in acute psychiatry units than other patients. However, proper approaches and procedures will lead to improved outcomes and the current policy can succeed if services are designed to make it effective.
Behavioural phenotypes are syndromes with a chromosomal or genetic aetiology, comprising both physiological and behaviour manifestations, including a distinctive social, linguistic, cognitive and motor profile.
There are several types of classifications and assessments that may be useful when working with people with intellectual disabilities.
Depression is easily missed in people who have social and communication disabilities, although it is probably more common in people with intellectual disabilities and people with autism than in the general population.
Epidemiology is essentially the study of a disorder in a given population. Knowledge of the distribution of a disorder in a population can increase understanding of the causes and how best to manage it.
Key Highlights of Research Evidence on the Health of People with Intellectual Disabilities
It is imperative that all people, including those with learning disabilities, are able to access the supports given in their culture to understand death and loss.
Assessment tools and treatment regimens may need to be modified but with careful and detailed psychiatric evaluation virtually all disorders can be detected. It is important that all psychiatrists are aware of the increased psychiatric morbidity in adults with Down's Syndrome.
The term 'psychological' is used in this contribution to distinguish psychotherapeutic approaches to treatment for emotional and behavioural disturbance from those involving physical treatments, environmental manipulation or behaviour modification. In practice there is considerable overlap between, and concurrent use of, such interventions.
The Use of Medications for the Management of Problem Behaviours in Adults who have Intellectual Disabilities
Evaluation of the use of medications for the treatment of behaviour disorders, including a summary of do’s and don’ts