Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Manual for Psychiatric Diagnosis in MR
Here. There is no evidence that MR reduces the rate of any psychiatric diagnosis. It may increase it, except for bipolar disorder. An ordinary attempt should be made to diagnose such patients, and to provide standard treatment. One of the problems that arises is the obstructionism and the pretextual advocacy on their behalf. If a guardian refuses standard treatment for a psychiatric diagnosis, a report of medical neglect is mandatory for statutorily mandated professionals. If the risk of physical harm arises, and child welfare authorities refuse to act, it costs $3500 to remove the health guardianship of a resistant parent.