Assessment and classification of psychiatric disorders in adults with learning disabilities

Cooper, S. and Simpson, N. (2006) Assessment and classification of psychiatric disorders in adults with learning disabilities. Psychiatry, 5(9), pp. 306-311. (doi:10.1053/j.mppsy.2006.06.009)

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Abstract

A systematic assessment of a person with learning disabilites consists of measuring psychopathology, doing a diagnostic classification, identifying the causes using a framework of biopsychosocial and developmental information, and evaluating health-related risks. There are special considerations for assessment, including communication; awareness of response styles; capacity to consent; and the use of information from multiple sources. [hair space]Attention should be given to developmental issues (such as pathoplasticity); syndromal issues (including behavioural phenotypes); and epidemiological issues (including comorbidity with conditions such as epilepsy). Multiaxial diagnostic classifications have been developed. An outline is given of Diagnostic Criteria for Learning Disability (DC-LD)

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cooper, Professor Sally-Ann
Authors: Cooper, S., and Simpson, N.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Clinical Specialities
Journal Name:Psychiatry
ISSN:0033-2747

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