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Understanding Mental Retardation

Patricia Ainsworth, MD, and Pamela C. Baker, PhD

 

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What measures can parents and advocates take to ensure that people who have mental retardation live full, rewarding lives from infancy to old age?

Understanding Mental Retardation explores a diverse group of disorders from their biological roots to the everyday challenges faced by this special population and their families. The writing is accessible, informative, and sympathetic.

The authors provide practical information that will assist families and other advocates in obtaining needed services. They discuss assessment and treatment, education and employment, social and sexual adjustment, and regulatory and legal issues.

This book covers the causes of mental retardation, the signs and symptoms of the most common forms, and issues of prevention. For the sake of comparison, the book describes basic concepts of normal human development and references the history of Western civilization's responses to those with mental retardation.

Understanding Mental Retardation sheds new light on mental illnesses that can complicate the lives of those with mental retardation, and the way symptoms of mental illness may appear confused or masked in a patient with mental retardation. Along with information on treatments and diagnoses, the book offers contact information for governmental resources, as well as a brief summary of the legal issues pertaining to mental retardation in America.

Patricia Ainsworth has a private practice in Ridgeland, Mississippi. She is the author of the award-winning book, Understanding Depression, also of this series.

Pamela C. Baker, now retired from a 37-year service career with the Mississippi Department of Mental Health, is an independent consultant, researcher, and speaker.

192 pages

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