ERIC Number: EJ1081690
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
The Diagnosis of Depression in People with Severe Limitations in Intellectual Functioning
Scott, Haleigh; Havercamp, Susan M.
Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v8 n3-4 p168-185 2015
People with intellectual disability (ID) were once considered immune to developing psychopathology, including affective disorders such as depression. Now research has shown that people with ID do suffer from depression, and the focus is on understanding how to best diagnose and provide treatment. Research has come a long way in adapting the diagnostic process for people with mild/moderate deficits in intellectual functioning and communication abilities. However, there is a lack of research and clinical understanding regarding how to assess depression in people who lack communication skills and function with severe or profound deficits in intellectual functioning. This paper reviews the available literature on the occurrence of depression in people with ID, specifically those with more significant deficits, and discusses the difficulties that arise in trying to determine a diagnosis of depression for this population.
Descriptors: Depression (Psychology), Comorbidity, Clinical Diagnosis, Severe Intellectual Disability, Mental Health, Psychiatry, Literature Reviews
Routledge. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 325 Chestnut Street Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Fax: 215-625-2940; Web site: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A