Choice Care Group have their own in-house psychiatric consultants who support both learning disabled services and those with a mental health disorder.
Learning disability is a neuro developmental disorder with a variety of causes:- genetics, infections, birth injury and environmental toxins are among some of these causes, although often the exact cause is not known. Epilepsy is a frequent complication. For families, trying to access the best care and treatment for the learning disabled child can be very difficult; impaired or absent verbal communication skills can prove extremely frustrating for both child and family. All of this frequently leads to challenging or aggressive behaviour and mental illness is common.
Our consultant psychiatrist work with the individuals we support who have a learning disability and their carers and this multi-disciplinary approach seeks to understand the service user’s needs and find better ways to meet them.
Sometimes medicines are needed to keep people well, particularly those with a mental health disorder: Anti-epileptic drugs for seizures, tranquilising medicines for agitation or insomnia, anti-depressants for low moods or too much anxiety. With the right care and approach, the quality of peoples' lives can usually be brought up to the level we would all like to see.