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Is it possible for people who are mentally retarded to eventually recover from their intellectual disability?
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree
In brief: I've never seen it
The mr diagnosis requires both a documentation of significantly subnormal intellectual performance and a deficiency in self help & self reliance for age.
The vast majority function unseen within our community & with assistance lead productive lives in simple jobs. The lable also implies a permanent and stable condition, not a temporary one.

In brief: I've never seen it
The mr diagnosis requires both a documentation of significantly subnormal intellectual performance and a deficiency in self help & self reliance for age.
The vast majority function unseen within our community & with assistance lead productive lives in simple jobs. The lable also implies a permanent and stable condition, not a temporary one.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Most causes of MR remain unknown, but MR does vary markedly in terms of severity from mild to profound. Those with mild MR can lead productive, independent lives, although may may sometimes need support for certain life complexities.
Dr. William Holmes
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
In brief: No, But....
Individuals with mental retardation do not recover in terms of no evidence of cognitive difficulties.
However, the formal mr diagnosis requires low cognitive functioning as well as difficulties carrying out daily activities. As people with mild mr move from childhood into adulthood, it is for them to take care of themsevles so that they no longer meet criteria for the formal diagnosis.

In brief: No, But....
Individuals with mental retardation do not recover in terms of no evidence of cognitive difficulties.
However, the formal mr diagnosis requires low cognitive functioning as well as difficulties carrying out daily activities. As people with mild mr move from childhood into adulthood, it is for them to take care of themsevles so that they no longer meet criteria for the formal diagnosis.
Dr. William Holmes
Dr. William Holmes
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