Use of medication for challenging behaviour in people with intellectual disability
Gyles Glover, Sarah Bernard, David Branford, Anthony Holland and Andre Strydom
The British Journal of Psychiatry
Medications, particularly antipsychotics, are commonly used to manage challenging behaviour in people with intellectual disability. When the behaviour does not arise from an underlying mental illness, this is commonly off-licence and evidence of efficacy is lacking. A national audit programme would be one way to address the concerns this raises.