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Problem behaviours

• About 20% of people with learning disabilities have problem behaviours at any one time.

• Onset of problem behaviours can indicate mental ill-health, or physical health.

• Where there is no underlying physical or mental ill-health to account for the problem behaviours, they require treatment in their own right.

• Antipsychotic medication should NOT be used as a first line approach. It is not often effective, and causes side effects.

• There are a range of interventions that can be beneficial. This almost always requires referral to the specialist learning disabilities team.

• There is a dedicated learning disabilities psychiatric service across all parts of Greater Glasgow and Clyde. There are also psychologists, nurses and occupational therapists who specialise in working with people with learning disabilities.

• Refer to the local learning disabilities service, or the learning disabilities liaison team if further advice/support is needed.

Last Updated: 06 February 2015