Mental health problems in people with learning disabilities: prevention, assessment and management

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence


Correctly assessing mental health problems in those with learning disabilities can be complex. People with a learning disability can struggle to describe or express their distress, adding to the difficulty in diagnosis of mental health problems. This can be further complicated by coexisting physical health problems, leading to misattributing new symptoms to physical health or learning disabilities rather than a change in mental health.

This Guidelines summary covers how to prevent, assess, and manage mental health problems in those with learning disabilities.


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