The psychiatry of learning disability is a specialty of psychiatry, dealing with the assessment and treatment of emotional, behavioural and psychiatric disorders in persons who have a learning disability (the term Intellectual Disability is synonymous). Practitioners also provide advice and education about behavioural aspects of learning disability to parents and other carers and to other professionals such as teachers. The nature of problems dealt with is broad and includes organic psychiatric disorders (dementia, delirium, etc.); functional psychiatric disorders (affective disorder, schizophrenia, etc.); autism; challenging behaviour; behavioural phenotypes; epilepsy.

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland

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