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Mood Disorder & Intellectual Disability

An adolescent with mild intellectual disability continues to be significantly depressed despite actively participating in psychotherapy for several months. Which of the following would be the best clinical option? 

A. Start treatment with an typical antipsychotic.
B. Start treatment with an SSRI
C. Change psychotherapeutic techniques
D. Implement intensive behavioral management 


The correct response is option B: Start treatment with an SSRI 

Generally behavioral symptoms in individuals with intellectual disability are treated with the same medications that are used in individuals who have no intellectual disability. Children and adolescents with intellectual disability may have less of a response or have more side effects than those without cognitive issues. Starting an antidepressant as an adjunct to psychotherapy after the adolescent has failed to respond to psychotherapy alone is a appropriate approach to the treatment of adolescent depression with or without intellectual disabilities. 

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  7. Completion of a questionnaire and/or a phone call would not be a sufficient basis for a prescription.
  8. All current and potential telepsychiatric practitioners should monitor this and future proposed legislation regarding prescribing in telemedicine practice.