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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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Abstract

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
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/81333

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