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September, 2015

definitions of consultant

The practice of consultation probably dates back to prehistoric humankind. Even before the emergence of spoken language, someone more skilled at hunting could have assisted someone less skilled on becoming a more efficient hunter. As a serious and formal area of systematic study, however, the complex field of psychological consultation based on scientific principles began […]

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A Typical Day for a Full-Time Consultant

A Typical Day for a Full-Time Consultant 7:30 A.M. Have breakfast at the Racquet Club with the managing partner of a law firm to discuss her business and personal concerns. 9:30 A.M. Work with an executive who is the victim of downsizing on career assessment. 11:00 A.M. Consult with a company concerned about a potentially […]

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What is a Carer Assessment?

What is a Carer Assessment? During a Carer Assessment you will be asked about what you do for the person you care for and about personal or health issues you might have. An assessment aims to find out if there are any services that could help you, and different options will be discussed with you […]

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National Service Framework for Mental Health

National Service Framework for Mental Health If you care for someone with intellectual disabilities and mental health problems you are entitled to an assessment of your needs. In 1999 the UK Government published the National Service Framework for Mental Health, which also applies to those who have intellectual disabilities and mental health needs. This sets […]

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What services should carers expect?

What services should carers expect? Carers often need help to maintain their own physical and emotional health. There are nearly 5.7 million carers in the UK. If you look after a relative or friend who needs support because of age, physical or intellectual disabilities or illness, including mental illness, you have a right to have […]

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psychological interventions for seizure

psychological interventions for seizure. People with intellectual disabilities and epilepsy may experience difficulties in psychosocial functioning, particularly in interpersonal relationships. The impact of epilepsy, as well as intellectual disabilities and mental health difficulties, can produce problems. These may present in the formof poorly controlled seizures, the person not wanting to take medication, or changes in […]

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antiepileptic medications side effects

antiepileptic medications side effects Anti-epileptic medication can lead to drowsiness and poor concentration. Newer types of medication are less likely to do this. Below are the more commonly used types of anti-epileptic medication and their more common side effects described in alphabetical order. This is not an exhaustive list but should help you gain some […]

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treatment for seizures

Medical treatment of seizures in people with intellectual disabilities is the same as for people without intellectual disabilities. However, it might be more difficult to achieve control over the seizures. The seizures may also be more severe and more frequent. Often a person with intellectual disabilities and epilepsy has physical disabilities and mental health problems. […]

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Assessment and diagnosis of epilepsy

Doctors can find it difficult to diagnose epilepsy as there is not one particular test to use and many other things could be the cause of the symptoms. Also, when someone is not having a seizure his or her brain cells may behave as normal. The person might not be conscious during the seizure so […]

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Can epilepsy impair cognitive functioning?

Can epilepsy impair cognitive functioning? Cognitive functioning is the mental processes of knowing, thinking and learning. People who have intellectual disabilities have problems in these three areas usually due to the underlying brain damage rather than the epilepsy itself. If the seizures are well controlled and the medication regime is kept simple further difficulties with […]

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