Developmental medicine and dentistry reviews & reports.
In this issue of the Reviews and Reports, I review and comment on an article that discusses personality disorders in people with mild and moderate intellectual disability and personality disorders. Until recently, the significance of personality disorders in the care of people with intellectual disabilities was not appreciated. Attention and treatment have been primarily focused on Axis I disorders. However, frequently much disruptive behavior can find its origination in the interaction between a personality disorder and the environment. Because of the extent of disruptive behavior, these individuals also end up in the forensic system. Ultimately, caregiver teams are ill-prepared to integrate the treatment for the personality disorder with general support programs and the treatment for the comorbid Axis I disorder. This then leads to expensive interventions that are well-intentioned but miss the mark.
--S.G. Zelenski, D.O.; Ph.D.; Co-Editor, R&R
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|Title Annotation:||American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry|
|Publication:||The Exceptional Parent|
|Date:||Dec 1, 2007|
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