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Doctor insights on: Mild Mental Retardation Symptoms In Adults

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

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

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

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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What does it mean to be mild mentally handicapped and how can it affect me as an adult?

What does it mean to be mild mentally handicapped and how can it affect me as an adult?

Lower IQ: Mild mental handicap means having cognitive or learning abilities that are lower than average for your age. One can help by trying to learn as much as possible about how to manage your daily life and handle your family and/or job. Often helpful to seek personal counseling and help with seeking employment, social services, ways to improve yourself. ...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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How does mild mental retardation sompare to moderate?

How does mild mental retardation sompare to moderate?

Level of severity: Mr is divided into mild, moderate, severe, and profound. A 10 year old with mild mr would function at the 5-7 yo level; for moderate mr at the 3-5 yo level; for severe mr, at the 2-4 yo level, and for profound mr at the 1-2 yo level. Unfortunately, not only does mr slow learning; but, the more severe the mr the more quickly a child reaches maximum function. ...Read more

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Mild mental retardation if you have it can your child have it just out of curiosity?

Mild mental retardation if you have it can your child have it just out of curiosity?

It depends on: If the deficits are from genetic or environmental issues. If they are genetic, then it could be passed down to the next generation. There are a number of genetic syndromes that can be associated with deficits, but that is not to say anyone with impairments have them. Also, lets try to avoid the word retardation; its become too derogatory. Need to know root cause before knowing chances. ...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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Can you please tell me how mild to moderate mental retardation and autism differ?

Can you please tell me how mild to moderate mental retardation and autism differ?

Different diagnoses: 35-65% of people with autistic spectrum disorder [observable deficits in social communication & social reciprocity + stereotypical movements or narrow, restricted areas of interest], also have intellectual disability (aka mental retardation), defined as cognitive ability. Significantly below average (iq. ...Read more

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Age 21, IQ level below 70, in medical test result is iq level 67% and mild mental retardation. Please suggest the further treatment for increase IQ LA?

Not available: IQ tests were developed initially to predict schooling success in individual students. It is a measuring tool like a yard stick. There is no treatment to change an IQ just like there is no way to change an adults height. You are what you are by this measurement. It does not measure many talents that can lead to success in arts or entertainment. It does not say you should not try. ...Read more

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What is psychomotor retardation in an adult with Paranoid Schizophrenia and Depression mean? Does it mean Schizophrenia with Mental Retardation?

What is psychomotor retardation in an adult with Paranoid Schizophrenia and Depression mean? Does it mean Schizophrenia with Mental Retardation?

Psychomotor: Psychomotor retardation or impairment is the visible slowing of physical activity such as movement or speech. Psychomotor retardation can be seen in many mental health disorders including schizophrenia and depression. It is not to be confused with mental retardation which is intellectual disability or cognitive impairment. ...Read more

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Mentally retarded adult males and sterilization? Back to days of the titicutt follies?

Mentally retarded adult males and sterilization? Back to days of the titicutt follies?

Hope not: Hopefully there are no more facilities such as bridgewater state hospital or we'll have to rely on mr. Wiseman to expose such crude treatment of people. Male sterilization on someone not competent to sign consent has his conservator or guardian hopefully making the right decision for them. ...Read more

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I suffer from being mild mentally handicapped, with a severe bipolar illness. Could my mild mental handicapped be considered a disability?

I suffer from being mild mentally handicapped, with a severe bipolar illness. Could my mild mental handicapped be considered a disability?

It depends: It depends on your level of disability and just how your condition affects your overall level of functioning in all areas of your life and day to day activities. Are you trying to get a check? Can you not work? You could seek out a disability determination evaluation. In my practice, I try and help folks so they can function and are not handicapped so they can work. ...Read more

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What causes mental retardation?

There are several: 100's of causes of Intellectual Disability beginning with inherited mutant genes & genetic accidents that occur during egg & sperm formation; epigenetic factors like viruses that alter function but not sequence or structure of genes; teratogens like alcohol, tobacco & drugs from 3 weeks after conception till term & beyond; maternal illnesses, , etc. See pediatrics.med. Nyu. Edu for much more. ...Read more

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What constitutes mental retardation?

Legal definition: According to the individuals with disabilities education act, intellectual disability (formerly mr) is "significant subaverage general intellectual functioning, existing concurrently with deficits in adaptive behavior and manifested during the developmental period, that adversely affects a child's educational performance." idea 2004, public law 108-446. ...Read more

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What are the tests for mental retardation?

Observation: Testing for mr is a matter of formal or informal observation of how a child is functioning compared to other children the same age. Approaches vary by age and circumstance. For young children, doctors may ask a series of questions about milestones that the child should be making at each check-up. There also are highly standardized formal tests that look at the child's ability directly. ...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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How to determine if I have mental retardation?

How to determine if I have mental retardation?

Intelligence: This is actually very straight forward. A licensed psychologist can administer an iq test as well as a test of adaptive functioning such as the vineland. If the iq score and adaptive scores fall at or below 70, then the person qualifies. Average iq is 100. ...Read more

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Mental retardation incidence in us--up or down?

Unchanged: Mr is relatively constant, partly because it is defined as a percentage of the population. One big change that has occurred over the past 10-15 years, though, is that many previously labeled as severe or profound mr now are called autistic. Mr is a less popular term--enough so that there the term is being dropped in favor of intellectual disability. ...Read more

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Please tell me the types of mental retardation.?

Several levels: Broadly, mr is divided into mild, moderate, severe, and profound, contrasting actual function to chronological age. For a 10 yo, mild mr is 5-7 yo; for moderate mr, 3-5 yo; for severe mr, 2-4 yo; and for profound mr, 1-2 yo. This is not always precise--some may be stronger is some areas an weaker in others. Also, the more severe the mr, the quicker the child reaches maximum performance levels. ...Read more