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Severe Intellectual Disability : Systematic Review of the Prevalence and Nature of Presentation of Unipolar Depression

By: Walton, Catherine.
Contributor(s): Kerr, Mike.
Series: Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities 29 (5) September 2016: 395-408. 2016Subject(s): SEVERE PROFOUND AND MULTIPLE DISABILITIES | DEPRESSION | PREVALENCE | ASSESSMENT | DIAGNOSIS | SYMPTOMS | LITERATURE REVIEWS | ABERRANT BEHAVIOUR CHECKLIST (ABC)Online resources: Click to read article online IHC Library Members Summary: The diagnosis of depression in severe and profound intellectual disability is challenging. Without adequate skills in verbal self-expression, standardized diagnostic criteria cannot be used with confidence. The purpose of this systematic review was to investigate the assessment and diagnosis of unipolar depression in severe and profound intellectual disability. The review aimed to examine the methods used to assess for depression. The secondary aim was to explore the frequency and symptoms of depression.
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The diagnosis of depression in severe and profound intellectual disability is challenging. Without adequate skills in verbal self-expression, standardized diagnostic criteria cannot be used with confidence. The purpose of this systematic review was to investigate the assessment and diagnosis of unipolar depression in severe and profound intellectual disability. The review aimed to examine the methods used to assess for depression. The secondary aim was to explore the frequency and symptoms of depression.

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