alexa Abstract | Psychopharmacology and Intellectual Disability: The Continuing Dilemmas of "Challenging Behaviour"

Clinical Psychiatry
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Abstract

There appears to be little advantage in continuing to distinguish "challenging behaviour" from problem behaviours as an identifiable category of mental disorder

  • The biopsychosocial perspective is a key consideration in formulating care plans for these individuals.
  • To counter a longstanding pattern of overuse of antipsychotic drugs, contemporary practice guidelines foster a conservative approach to prescribing psychotropic medications.
  • A regional tertiary care program can address the complex needs of these individuals, as well as related training and manpower development responsibilities for caregivers and care providers.

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Author(s): Bruce D McCrearyl

Keywords

Intellectual disability, Biopsychosocial, Antipsychotics, Dual diagnosis, Mental illness., Clinical Psychiatry, Neurocognative Disorders, Forensic Psychiatry

 
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