A member asked:

How do a mental illness and being mentally retarded differ?

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Difference: In terms of computers, mentally retarded would be a very weak chip and a small hard drive. Mental illness would be like many programs inadequate to deal with life - some with a base in brain chemistry, others with experiences and development. We used to call retarded "dumb", and we used to call mental illness "mixed up".

Answered 12/30/2016

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