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Doctor insights on: Working With Mentally Disabled

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How can I help my mentally disabled brother?

Be a brother: People like your brother may be neglected, and may be ridiculed. You can resolve to spend time with him and try to find out what makes him happy. If someone gives him a hard time, talk nicely and say, "He is my brother. He has trouble with things, but he is nice. I know you didn't mean to..." If that doesn't work, report this as you should. Generally, you're the best gift you can give. ...Read more

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Why do mentally disabled people sometimes hit themselves?

Why do mentally disabled people sometimes hit themselves?

Gene > brain >: behavior is studied by translational research. OMIM, a genetic database, lists 1,077 molecular genetic defects that cause Intellectual Disability, often moderate-severe, +/- Autistic Spectrum Disorder with Self-Injurious Behavior in their Neurobehavioral profiles. SIB used by a non- verbal person to avoid situations or attain desires often responds to behavioral therapy +/- medications. ...Read more

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If a person is severly mentally disabled who will help them get care?

Mentally ill: Hopefully h/her guardian, caretaker or family member. ...Read more

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What does it feel like in the mind of someone who is mentally disabled?

What does it feel like in the mind of someone who is mentally disabled?

Mental trip?: At this juncture in time, no one knows what it feels like in the mind of a mentally challenged person. The brain is incredibly complex and science is only beginning to understand some processes/functions inside it. So, i cannot tell you how it would feel because we just don't know much/enough. There is always ongoing research, so stay tuned. Good luck finding the answer. ...Read more

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

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

None. Both are lay : terms for Intellectual Disability (iD). ID is defined as having a measured IQ< 70 with concomitantly low scores in pragmatic, social & self-help adaptive skills before age 18. The level of these skills can fall in the mild, moderate, severe or profound range. Developmental Pediatricians search for the interaction of genetic, biological & environmental factors contributing to an individual's ID. ...Read more

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Please tell me who is eligible to open a home care facility for the mentally disabled?

Please tell me who is eligible to open a home care facility for the mentally disabled?

Check with state: Each state has its own licensing and certification processes for things like this. You need to check with your own state's licensing office to find out what qualifications you and your workers need to have. ...Read more

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How do I get my mentally disabled 5 year old child to go to bed?

How do I get my mentally disabled 5 year old child to go to bed?

Not an easy task: Have you discussed this with your doctor and or a behavior therapist? I do not think there is a short answer to this....Understanding how your child sees things my help you find a strategy he/she can accept...Homeopathy and chinese medicine may also be very helpful by looking at the whole picture and finding the root cause. ...Read more

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Please help, what can I do to get my mentally disabled child to sleep?

Please help, what can I do to get my mentally disabled child to sleep?

There is help: There are many possible answers to this question, but i need more info how old is your child? What have you tried? What used to work that is failing now? What is your child's condition? Have things changed in your child's life? Is s/he on meds? (which ones?). ...Read more

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Does a mentally disabled patient's family & doctors have the right to make decisions on their behalf?

Does a mentally disabled patient's family & doctors have the right to make decisions on their behalf?

Guardianship: If they have been found legally incompetent to make these determinations then a guardian is appointed, who acts on the individual's behalf. Sometimes this is a family member and at times can be someone appointed by the court. Usually this occurs because the individual does not recognize the illness. Only in an emergency can the doctors act without the okay of the patient or legal guardian. ...Read more