Psychiatr Q (2008) 79:153–155 DOI 10.1007/s11126-008-9078-y REVIEW ARTICLE Working with Individuals with Mental Illness and Developmental Disabilities: Synthesizing the Best Information for the Practicing Clinician Sy Atezaz Saeed Published online: 27 August 2008 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008 This issue of Psychiatric Quarterly is devoted to topics that may be of interest and practical use to people who clinically work with individuals with coexisting mental illness and developmental disabilities (DD), often also referred to as intellectual disabilities (ID). The assessment and treatment of psychiatric disorders among individuals with DD is a complex area, often not very well informed by the relevant empirical data. Clinicians working in this ﬁeld tackle two heterogeneous groups of conditions based on separate, though over- lapping, bodies of data and clinical experiences. They search to ﬁnd the common ground where the genetic, metabolic, neurological, and temperamental factors interact with social and adaptive skills in the context of biopsychosocial environments. However, they also frequently face the brain-behavior or behavior-psychiatric disorder dichotomies. In putting together this special issue, throughout our approach has remained to start with the available empirical evidence and then bridge the gaps in knowledge with experts’ opinion. In short, we have attempted to think
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