Module 10 - Medications and other Physical Treatments

Why is it important to know about medications?

People with intellectual disability often require medication for a number of co-existing physical and mental disorders. They may be more susceptible to the effects of medication, especially when many are required and where different medications may interact. People with intellectual disability may also not be able to recognise or communicate symptoms and side effects. Despite this, people with intellectual disability are often excluded from drug trials that research the effects of drugs on people. It is assumed that the drugs will have the same effects on people with an intellectual disability as the general population; however this may not always be true. Research has shown that people with intellectual disability are more likely to receive multiple medications for lengthy periods without a firm psychiatric diagnosis. In addition, people with dual disability may not receive the full range of therapies used in the general population. The emotional and behavioural disturbances of adults with Intellectual Disabilities result from a complex interaction between biological, psychological, developmental, environmental and social factors. Thorough specialist assessment is important and the full range of therapies used in the general population should be considered. Medication should be used in conjunction with psychological, environmental, social and occupational strategies  
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