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Antidepressant use in adults with intellectual disability

Rai, P. R. and Kerr, Michael Patrick 2010. Antidepressant use in adults with intellectual disability. The Psychiatrist 34 (4) , pp. 123-126. 10.1192/pb.bp.108.023325

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Aims and method To study the use of antidepressants in adults with intellectual disability, focusing on medication type, indication, retention and clinical outcome. Case notes of all service users in a learning disability service were hand-searched to identify antidepressant usage, and those who had been treated with antidepressants and in whom at least 1 year of follow-up was possible were included in the study. Results A total of 241 treatment episodes were identified. The rates of positive outcome in terms of clinical improvement at 6 weeks, 6 months and 12 months were 49.4%, 48.1% and 49% respectively, and only 29 (12%) episodes of side-effects had been noted. Clinical implications Antidepressants are commonly prescribed in adults with intellectual disability. Approximately half did well in terms of clinical improvement.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: The Royal College of Psychiatrists
ISSN: 1758-3209
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:37

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