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Mental Retardation

Alternate Names : Developmentally Delayed, Mentally Disabled

Mental Retardation | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

Treatments for mental retardation may include:

  • early identification of the condition
  • enrollment in special education programs
  • medication as needed, such as anticonvulsants for seizures
  • occupational therapy, speech therapy, and physical therapy
  • respite care as needed
  • What are the side effects of the treatments?

    Most treatments for mental retardation are free from side effects. Medications may have specific side effects.

    What happens after treatment for the condition?

    Many people with mental retardation live happy, productive lives. They share loving relationships with friends and family and can make significant contributions to society. A mentally retarded person can receive special education services until the age of 21. Vocational services are available in sheltered workshop settings. Families are urged to do long-term planning for the time when the parents are no longer able to care for the person.

    How is the condition monitored?

    A person with mental retardation will have regular visits with the healthcare provider. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the provider.

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    Author: Ann Reyes, Ph.D.
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 07/02/01

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