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Year : 1992  |  Volume : 34  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 12-17

Epilepsy and Mental Retardation


1 Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, National Institute for the Mentally Handicapped, Manovikas Nagar, Bowenpally, Secunderabad - 500 011, India
2 Assistant Professor of Special Education, National Institute for the Mentally Handicapped, Manovikas Nagar, Bowenpally, Secunderabad - 500 011, India

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Thuppal Madhavan
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, National Institute for the Mentally Handicapped, Manovikas Nagar, Bowenpally, Secunderabad - 500 011
India
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Epilepsy is one of the most frequently associated conditions with mental retardation which interferes with the learning process. Vie present study investigates the 1207 cases (Male -8I4, Female-393) registered at NIMH, Secunderabad, over a period of two years. Vie factors studied were the prevalence of epilepsy, degree of mental retardation, aetiology and associated factors. Ten mentally retarded persons with epilepsy were followed up longitudinally to study the effect of epilepsy on learning. It was observed that an attack of seizure resulted in a setback in the learning of skills. The results are discussed.



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