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by Dr Lance Vincent Watkins,
Dr Charlotte Young and Dr Rohit Shankar
Last updated: February 2020
Royal College of Psychiatrists College Reports CR203 and CR206
address the important area of epilepsy diagnosis and management in
people with intellectual disability (ID) (RCPsych, 2017a; 2017b).
Nearly a quarter of people with ID have
epilepsy (Robertson et al, 2015).
Epilepsy and ID are two conditions that are linked to premature
mortality, increased morbidity and carry high levels of stigma
leading to social isolation.
For psychiatrists working with people with ID, the management of
epilepsy is a core skill due to the complexities of physical,
behavioural and mental health needs in this population.
Knowing how to identify and manage side-effects and interactions
of antiepileptic drugs is essential. In addition, difficult choices
need to be made for people who struggle to make their own
decisions and have problems in communication while ensuring a
satisfactory quality of life.
This module will explore the key topics raised in the College
Reports to help you obtain your bronze level of competence as
stipulated in College Report CR203.
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