Psychopharmacology in women with learning disabilities

Gregory O’Brien and Geetha Kumeravelu

in Oxford Textbook of Women and Mental Health

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ISBN: 9780199214365
Published online July 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199640454 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Psychopharmacology in women with learning disabilities

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This chapter outlines some of the main issues concerning psychopharmacology in women with learning disabilities. Review of recent literature shows that women's mental health has been explored increasingly closely over the last 30 years but for the most part women with learning disabilities unfortunately have been excluded from these studies. This is despite women with learning disabilities having different needs and challenges, due to their particular situation and unique mental health needs (Romans 1998). The following chapter briefly reviews these matters, and gives practical guidance to a pragmatic approach to psychiatric drug prescribing for this high profile patient group.

The chapter opens with an overview of general issues concerning gender, health, and psychotropic prescribing for women with learning disability. A brief summary of general guidelines to be followed in prescribing psychotropics for this population closes the chapter. Throughout the chapter, advice on common clinical scenarios is presented in the form of ‘practice points’.

Chapter.  3617 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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