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This is a handy guide to the topics you need to know about whether studying or working in the field of learning disabilities. The A-Z format allows you to “dip in” and quickly find relevant information on topics ranging from Autism to Rights and from Advocacy to Challenging Behaviors.

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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