Assessment of mental health problems in children and adolescents with intellectual disability (ARCHIVED)

by Dr Muthukumar Kannabiran and Dr Sarah Bernard


Last reviewed: November 2013


Please note: This module has now been archived. It is still available to view, but please be aware when completing the module that it was last reviewed in 2013. A CPD certificate is available for the module, but this will be subject to the approval of your peer group. If you are a consultant-level psychiatrist interested in updating this material, please contact us.


Children and adolescents with intellectual disability are among the most vulnerable of the population. Physical disorders are well recognised in this group. More recently, evidence regarding the presence and extent of psychiatric disorders in this population has been emerging.


Assessment of psychiatric disorders in this population requires the consideration of issues specific to this group of individuals, including their level of development, communication and risk factors. A comprehensive assessment includes a search for the possible causes of intellectual disability and for comorbid disorders.


This module aims to provide a framework for assessment of children and adolescents with intellectual disability for mental health problems, highlighting issues to be considered in the assessment. 


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