Chapter 5. Common Mental Disorders (Depression, Anxiety, OCD, PTSD)

  1. Angela Hassiotis Senior Lecturer6,
  2. Diana Andrea Barron Clinical Research Fellow6 and
  3. Ian Hall Consultant Psychiatrist7
  1. Elspeth Bradley1,2,
  2. Rebecca Goody3,
  3. Shirley McMillan4 and
  4. Andrew Levitas5

Published Online: 16 OCT 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470682968.ch5

Intellectual Disability Psychiatry: A Practical Handbook

Intellectual Disability Psychiatry: A Practical Handbook

How to Cite

Bradley, E., Goody, R., McMillan, S. and Levitas, A. (2009) Common Mental Disorders (Depression, Anxiety, OCD, PTSD), in Intellectual Disability Psychiatry: A Practical Handbook (eds A. Hassiotis, D. A. Barron and I. Hall), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470682968.ch5

Editor Information

  1. 6

    UCL Department of Mental Health Sciences, London W1W 7EJ, UK

  2. 7

    East London NHS Foundation Trust, London E1 4DG, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Canada

  2. 2

    Surrey Place Centre, Department of Psychiatry, Toronto ON M5T 1R8, Canada

  3. 3

    Cornwall Partnership NHS Trust, Bodmin PL31 1AQ, UK

  4. 4

    Surrey Place Centre, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C2, Canada

  5. 5

    Department of Psychiatry University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey UMDNJ/SOM Stratford NJ 08084, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 OCT 2009
  2. Published Print: 11 DEC 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470742518

Online ISBN: 9780470682968



  • common mental disorders (depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD);
  • anxiety - alerting persons to impending danger with adaptive responses made;
  • affect regulation - capacity to regulate mood and affective expression;
  • affect regulation problems and autism spectrum disorders (ASDs);
  • people with intellectual disabilities and mood and anxiety disturbances;
  • medical – syndrome-related medical disorders;
  • Diagnostic Criteria for Psychiatric Disorders for Use with Adults with Learning Disabilities/Mental Retardation (DC-LD);
  • ICD system and Diagnostic Manual-Intellectual Disability (DM-ID);
  • anxiety and mood disorder psychiatric assessment;
  • stress management strategies


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Anxiety

  • Mood

  • Aetiological considerations

  • Diagnosing anxiety and mood disorders in people with intellectual disabilities

  • Psychiatric assessment of anxiety and mood disorders

  • Treatment of anxiety and mood disorders: additional considerations

  • Prevention

  • Acknowledgements

  • References