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Is there a surgery that can help with mental retardation?

Is there a surgery that can help with mental retardation?

No: Mr is a functional diagnosis. I am not aware of any structureal abnormality or connection abnormality tha tcan be improved with surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Kathryn Akin
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Mental Retardation (Definition)

Mental retardation is an old fashioned term now replaced with the term “Intellectual Disability”. It is defined as a measured intelligence below the normal range (less than 70) combined with inability to perform activities of daily living . For this designation a person must, in addition to having low measured ability, be significantly limited in at least two of the following areas: self-care, communication, home living, social/interpersonal skills, self-direction, use of community resources, functional academic skills, work, leisure, health, and safety. The four degrees of intellectual disability are mild, (IQ between 55-70) moderate,(between 35 and 50) , severe and profound. In the severe and profound ranges individuals have language, communication and motor impairments and cannot be tested. Profound disability, is usually associated with a neurological condition. In addition to the categories of mild, moderate, severe, and profound, categories are sometimes used to designate those intellectually disabled persons who can benefit from some degree of academic training. Those designated "educable” can handle academic work at a third-to sixth-grade level, and usually have IQs that fall between 50 and 75. The designation “trainable” refers to those who can progress as far as second grade work and can live in a sheltered string without one on one constant care. It is important to know that a measured IQ is not as important as the access to and ability to respond to emotional, ...Read more


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Could being born with a heart defect that require open heart surgery cause mental retardation?

Could being born with a heart defect that require open heart surgery cause mental retardation?

Complex issue: Kids who have a normal intellect at birth tend to lag far behind their age equivalent peers on academic progress if they have complex congenital heart disease, this disparity tends to increase with increased time for hospital care and away from school. For others, the chd is just one parameter of a genetic or chromosome disorder that has reduced intellectual abilities to start with. ...Read more

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Interested to know if people with mental retardation know that they are retarded?

Some do some don't: Most older kids and adults will be aware of their learning and performance difficulties when they have milder forms of intellectual impairment. The more profound the impairment, the less likely they are aware of the ramifications. ...Read more

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What is the difference between being mentally retarded and mentally handicapped?

One is slang: handicapped covers a whole spectrum of developmental disabilities where retarded is vulgar and no professional uses that term anymore ...Read more

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Are there any good non-medical treatments that help with mental retardation?

Depends on dfn of rx: The primary approach to management of mr depends on level & involves a focus on teaching self help skills, providing individualized life skill assistance with a goal of promoting near independent living if possible. I've seen special diets & alternative rxs offered, none have lived up to their promises. Mr is like the engine in your car, if you have 4 chamber engine it's never going to work like an 8. ...Read more

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Is it possible to cure mental retardation?

Interesting question: As defined, retardation is a permanent level of diminished intellectual performance pared with poor performance on self help tasks. Most people affected by mr are in a mild range and may integrate into society as functional adults with a relatively normal life. You cannot boost the intellect but can identify stronger areas of function within their impairments. ...Read more

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Is there a way to check mental retardation symptoms?

Is there a way to check mental retardation symptoms?

Yes: There are developmental milestones joe children. If a child is behind, there i'd cause for concern. There is specialized neuropsych testing. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Mental retardation?

What is the definition or description of: Mental retardation?

It is not simple: Mental retardation is an old fashioned term now replaced with the term “Intellectual Disability”. It is defined as a measured intelligence below the normal range (less than 70) combined with inability to perform activities of daily living . For this designation a person must, in addition to having low measured ability, be significantly limited in at least two of the following areas: self-care, communication, home living, social/interpersonal skills, self-direction, use of community resources, functional academic skills, work, leisure, health, and safety. The four degrees of intellectual disability are mild, (IQ between 55-70) moderate,(between 35 and 50) , severe and profound. In the severe and profound ranges individuals have language, communication and motor impairments and cannot be tested. Profound disability, is usually associated with a neurological condition. In addition to the categories of mild, moderate, severe, and profound, categories are sometimes used to designate those intellectually disabled persons who can benefit from some degree of academic training. Those designated "educable” can handle academic work at a third-to sixth-grade level, and usually have IQs that fall between 50 and 75. The designation “trainable” refers to those who can progress as far as second grade work and can live in a sheltered string without one on one constant care. It is important to know that a measured IQ is not as important as the access to and ability to respond to emotional, educational and social support. ...Read more

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Please tell me the symptoms of mental retardation in a toddler?

Definitions: Generally, global developmental delay is the term used at that age. If testing shows a toddler's overall functioning to be < 50% of what it should be for his age, he is at risk for intellectual disability ( formerly mental retardation) when tested at age 6. Another clue is lack of significant progress over time, despite having early intervention services to increase his rate of development. ...Read more

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How does long term alcohol or drug use cause mental retardation?

How does long term alcohol or drug use cause mental retardation?

Not quite the same: The term mental retardation is an old term that refers to brain problems present at birth or in early development. Alcohol and drug use can and do cause a loss of cognitive function in adults. Alcohol kills brain cells; some drugs deplete certain neurotransmitters. ...Read more