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Mental Retardation and Psychiatric Disorders
Magda Campbell; Richard P. Malone
Psychiatric Services 1991; doi:
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New York University Medical Center, 550 First Avenue, New York, New York 10016

Department of mental health sciences at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia

© 1991 by the American Psychiatric Association

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Estimates of the prevalence of comorbidity of psychiatric disorders and mental retardation in community and clinical populations range from 14.3 to 67.3 percent. A widevariety of disorders have been reported in this population, including schizophrenia, depression, and, commonly, conduct disorder. The incidence of specific disorders appears to be related to the level of retardation and the concomitant presence of seizure disorder. Accurate assessment of psychiatric disorders in this population is difficult because mentally retarded patients have poor communication skills and because most diagnostic instruments were developed for persons of normal intellectual functioning. Treatment includes educational, behavioral, and pharmacological interventions, but guidelines for safe use of psychotherapeutic drugs are needed.

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