Neuropsychiatric Symptoms in Learning Disability

  • Anagha A. Sardesai
  • Howard RingEmail author
Part of the Neuropsychiatric Symptoms of Neurological Disease book series (NSND)


This chapter commences with a brief introduction to the concept of learning disability, including its definition, causes, and manifestations. Issues around the co-occurrence of epilepsy and learning disability, including prevalence, etiological factors, and diagnosis are then introduced. The consequences of significant learning disability for the manifesation and diagnosis of abnormal mental states are considered. This chapter then progresses with accounts of the manifestation, diagnosis and management of affective, psychotic, and behavioral psychopathological states in people with epilepsy and a learning disability, including how to consider particular issues arising in those with severe intellectual disabilities and significant communication deficits. Accounts are also provided of specific comorbidities of epilepsy with autism and with Down syndrome.


Learning Disability IQ Diagnosis Depression Anxiety Psychosis Autism Down Syndrome Dementia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Learning Disability PsychiatryCambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, Ida Darwin HospitalFulbournUK
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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