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Can you explain to me the difference between a mental disorder and a learning disorder?

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Dr. Steven Chen
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In brief: Where is the line

Mental retardation has two primary criteria.
An IQ score that is 2 standard deviations below the mean and difficulty with adaptive functioning. On the weschler intelligence scales, that means an IQ score below 70 (with a mean of 100 and a standard deviation of 15), and a documented difficulty with functioning in daily life activities. The vineland scale of adapative functioning is a test used.

In brief: Where is the line

Mental retardation has two primary criteria.
An IQ score that is 2 standard deviations below the mean and difficulty with adaptive functioning. On the weschler intelligence scales, that means an IQ score below 70 (with a mean of 100 and a standard deviation of 15), and a documented difficulty with functioning in daily life activities. The vineland scale of adapative functioning is a test used.
Dr. Steven Chen
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