Pharmacotherapy of aggressive behavior in individuals with mental retardation and mental illness

Larry Williams, Cynthia R. Ellis, Abel Ickowicz, Nirbhay N. Singh, Yadhu N. Singh

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Abstract

We present a descriptive series of four clinical cases of the treatment of aggressive, as well as other severe behavior disorders, of adults with mental retardation and mental illness. In all cases, the patients' aggressive behavior was diagnosed as being related primarily to their mental illness rather than solely to their mental retardation. Pharmacological management was successfully used to control the aggressive behavior of all patients. Considerations in the pharmacological treatment of severe behavior problems in persons with mental retardation and mental illness are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-94
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 1993

Keywords

  • aggression
  • mental illness
  • mental retardation
  • pharmacotherapy
  • severe behavior disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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