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Mental illness and intellectual disability

A person with an intellectual disability may have problems expressing their thoughts, putting together sentences, learning new skills, doing day to day tasks, making decisions, and remembering things. As a consequence when they experience a mental health issue it may not be recognised. Behaviours that may be associated with the presence of an intellectual disability may mask symptoms. In addition, medical practitioners or carers may assume that difficult behaviours are due to somebody’s intellectual disability, instead of considering the possibility of mental health issues.

Getting the right support can also be difficult but there are many effective treatments. These treatments work best when there is good coordination between the mental health service provider and disability services.

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