Mental Retardation Resources, Support and References
Mental Retardation Support Groups
Diagnosis of mental retardation can be a stressful event for both the family and the sufferer. Usually, there is no cure for mental retardation and the disorder can be a lifelong illness. Mental retardation can also bring social stigma to the family of the individual with MR/ID.
The Arc is the largest community-based organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the world. Established in 1950, it has more than 140,000 accredited members in 780 state and local chapters in the United States.
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)
Since 1876, the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities has been a recognized leader in the field of mental retardation. It has more than 5,000 members in the United States and in 55 countries worldwide.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI is the largest grassroots organization for people with mental illness as well as their families. It has branches in over 1,100 local communities all over the United States. It is working towards ensuring that all persons with mental disorders will get similar services that they need and deserve in a timely manner.
National Institute of Mental Health
NIMH sees a world wherein mental illnesses are prevented and cured. It seeks to transform basic understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through research clearing the way for prevention, cure, and recovery.
American Psychiatric Association
The American Psychological Association has more than 38,000 member physicians all over the United States. Its primary mission is to promote the highest quality of care for individuals with mental illnesses.
Mental Health America
Established in 1909 by Clifford Beers, a former psychiatric patient, Mental Health America is geared towards educating individuals with mental illnesses and their families. It likewise aims to reduce obstacles to mental health treatment and services.
Mental Retardation References
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[BACK] - 2: ”Mental Retardation Diagnosis”. NYU Child Study Center
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[BACK] - 4: ”Mental Retardation-Causes & Diagnosis”. Austin Travis County Mental Health Mental Retardation Center.
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Could You Have Mental Retardation?
Mental Retardation Topics
|Asperger's Syndrome – restricted social interaction, repetitive behavior, non-verbal communication deficit, lacking empathy, clumsiness|
|Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – neurobehavioral developmental disorder, inattention, impulsiveness, hyperactivity, chronic childhood disorder |
|Autism – impaired social interaction, communication deficit, brain developmental disorder|
|Childhood Disintegrative Disorder – developmental delay in language, motor skills and social function, autism, delayed motor skills|
|Learning Disorders – delayed development of functional skills, difficulty in organization of thoughts, academic skill deficits|
|Rett's Disorder – cognitive impairment, reduced socialization skills, lack of social interest|
|Selective Mutism – reluctant to speak even with speech ability, anxiety, autism, Asperger’s Syndrome |