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