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Amanda Sinai, Leah Akinlonu, Adedamola Orimalade & Angela Hassiotis

In: Key Concepts in Learning Disabilities

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Mental Health
Mental health
AmandaSinai, LeahAkinlonu, AdedamolaOrimalade and AngelaHassiotis
Definition

Mental disorder defines a disease of the mind as opposed to a disease of the body. However, there is some overlap: for example, dementia is a disease of the body (i.e., the brain) which results in symptoms that affect the mind. It is important to identify mental disorders as they can be treated. A diagnosis of a mental disorder, such as anxiety or psychosis, differs from a diagnosis of a learning disability, which implies a mental impairment. It is now recognised that people with a learning disability have a higher risk of developing a mental disorder.

Key Points
  • The prevalence of mental disorders in people with learning disability is higher than that of the general population.
  • Mental disorders in people with ...

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