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Three cases of manic-depressive illness in mentally retarded adults
Am J Psychiatry 1979;136:1069-1071.
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The authors point out that manic-depressive illness is often not diagnosed in mentally retarded patients because they are already regarded as "different." They discuss the use of lithium carbonate as a prophylactic agent in the treatment of manic-depressive illness in mentally retarded patients and present three case histories illustrating some of the difficulties encountered in diagnosing mania or hypomania in such patients. They provide a number of suggestions to help physicians recognize and treat these disorders.

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