Mental Illness in the Mentally Retarded: Diagnostic and Treatment Issues

  • Frank J. Menolascino
Part of the Disorders of Human Learning, Behavior, and Communication book series (HUMAN LEARNING)


The coexistence of mental retardation and mental illness in the same individual presents unique challenges to mental health professionals both in terms of diagnosis and treatment. The mentally retarded/mentally ill comprise a complex group of persons whose needs are often poorly identified and who are often referred from agency to agency in fruitless efforts to obtain help. These challenges are heightened by the recent national deinstitutionalization movement, which has focused on integrating mentally retarded children and adults into the mainstreams of family and community life. As the more complex individuals with mental retardation are served in community-based programs, mental health professionals have increasingly been confronted with the challenge of meeting their needs within the confluences of family and community life.


Mental Illness Anxiety Disorder Mental Retardation Anorexia Nervosa Personality Disorder 
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