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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Clinical Topics in Disorders of Intellectual Development

Edited by Marc Woodbury-Smith

Price: £30.00

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Published: Oct 2015

Format: Paperback

Number of pages: 328

ISBN: 9781909726390

Clinical Topics in Disorders of Intellectual Development

This comprehensive work addresses the care and treatment of adults and children who have disorders of intellectual development (also known as intellectual or learning disabilities).

It focuses specifically on the interface between intellectual disabilities and genetics, ageing, epilepsy and forensic psychiatry. A whole section is devoted to the diagnosis, assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. Other topics include: comorbid mental health problems; behavioural problems; psychopharmacology; and service provision. There are references to the up-to-date evidence-based literature throughout the text which aims to inform clinical practice.

Written by eminent clinicians and experts in their field, the majority of chapters were specially commissioned for this book, whilst a few have previously appeared in the journal Advances in Psychiatric Treatment (now known as BJPsych Advances) and have now been fully updated.

Readership: This will be of value to all psychiatrists, including trainees, plus other mental health and multidisciplinary healthcare professionals, working with children and adults who have developmental disabilities.

Editor: Dr Marc Woodbury-Smith is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences and Pediatrics at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and is a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Clinician-Scientist at the Centre for Applied Genomics in Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children. He trained in the UK as a psychiatrist in intellectual disability, and works as a clinician with children and adults with autism spectrum disorder and other disorders of intellectual development.

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"Provides an excellent update to the general psychiatrist and many others, highlighting how far the field of intellectual disabilities has come and how rapidly it is now moving into the future. ...The nature of the book, divided into discrete chapters addressing specific topics, allows the reader to pick and choose topics to their own specific needs. This makes the text an ideal starting point for the clinician who wants to update their knowledge and consider what further reading would be appropriate for them."
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities

"This book is worth reading and in most areas is a valuable reference guide."
The British Journal of Psychiatry (BJPsych)


List of contributors




Part 1: Disorders of intellectual development: concept and epidemiology

1. Disorders of intellectual development: historical, conceptual, epidemiological and nosological overview

2. Behavioural phenotypes


Part 2: Disorders of intellectual development: comorbidity and complications

3. Psychiatric illness and disorders of intellectual development: a dual diagnosis

4. Anxiety disorders

5. Behaviour problems

6. Epilepsy

7. The use of psychotropic medications to manage problem behaviours in adults


Part 3: Autism spectrum disorder

8. Overview of autism spectrum disorder

9. Autism spectrum disorder and Asperger syndrome

10. Pharmacological management of core and comorbid symptoms in autism spectrum disorder

11. Psychological treatment of autism spectrum disorder


Part 4: Service provision

12. Improving the general health of people with disorders of intellectual development

13. Bridging the gap: linking primary and secondary care for people with disorders of intellectual development

14. Ageing in people with disorders of intellectual development

15. Services for children with disorders of intellectual development and mental health needs

16. Forensic psychiatry for people with disorders of intellectual development: a personal reflection



Quote from the editor:

 “I decided to bring together leading experts in the fields of intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder to write this book because I realized that an up to date text covering this subject matter was both unavailable and sorely needed. I wanted the text to be comprehensive, but not over-detailed, and accessible to professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds. I also wanted the text to comprise material that could be readily translated into everyday clinical practice. I believe the various contributors have achieved this aim.”

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