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Medical News and Perspectives
July 18, 2007

New Manual Helps Assess Mental Health of People With Intellectual Disabilities

JAMA. 2007;298(3):275-276. doi:10.1001/jama.298.3.275

The authors of a newly published mental health diagnostic manual hope their work will improve the diagnosis of mental health conditions in people who have intellectual disabilities. These individuals are more likely than those in the general population to experience psychiatric disorders, yet diagnosis is often more difficult. Intellectual disability refers to what used to be called mental retardation. (The American Association on Mental Retardation is now the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.)

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