Bringing together a number of experts in the field with years of experience in providing mental health care for individuals with mental retardation, this book is designed to help clinicians and health service providers with limited experience in working with such individuals. It focuses on assessment, recognition of psychiatric symptoms, and the various treatment options available. By using clinical examples, it discusses the difficulties of doing a comprehensive assessment, descriptions of some techniques that might be used, how the symptoms may manifest, and some commonly observed behaviors that help identify various mental disorders. Discussion of treatment includes modalities used with individuals with mental retardation, a description of how comprehensive care might be provided, and a review of the ethical issues involved in providing this care.
About the Authors:
Nancy Cain, MD, is an expert in the field of dual diagnosis for many years, presented at national and international meetings, and done clinical research on aggression, crisis intervention, and bipolar disorder in individuals with intellectual disability. Geraldine Holt, MBBS, BSc, FRC Psych, is a consultant psychiatrist in learning disabililties at South London and the Maudsley NHS Trust, and honorary senior lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry in London, England. She is also a fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Phillip W. Davidson, PhD, is a professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and the director of the Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities. He is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. Nick Bouras, MD, PhD, FRC Psych, is a professor of psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College in London, and is a consultant psychiatrist at South London, England and the Maudsley NHS Trust.