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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 57 (2015) 7, 531 - 534

Case report

Lithium therapy in patients with mild mental retardation

M. Otter, T.A.M.J. van Amelsvoort

SummaryIn the psychiatric treatment of patients with mild learning disabilities or borderline intellectual functioning, signs and symptoms of psychiatric disorders are sometimes misinterpreted as behaviour that reflects problems that are known to patients with mental retardation. We report on two case studies in which lithium therapy made a substantial contribution to (partial) recovery. One patient had bipolar disorder and the other had a major depressive disorder combined with suicidal behaviour. Each patient also had a mild learning disability or borderline intellectual functioning.

keywords borderline intelligence, learning disabilities, lithium therapy