NCI Data Brief: Characteristics and Outcomes of People Dual Diagnosed With ID and Mental Illness

Date: 10/2019

Examining NCI data from 2017-2018, NCI researchers explored characteristics and outcomes for people who were dually diagnosed with intellectual disability and mental illness. The latest NCI Data Brief summarizes the results and shares promising practices for assisting people with dual diagnoses.

Among the findings, respondents who were dual diagnosed were:

  • More likely to report wanting additional assistance to stay in touch with friends.
  • More likely to report feeling lonely.
  • Considerably more likely to need some or extensive support for both self-injurious behavior and disruptive behavior.
  • More likely to take medications for a co-occurring mental health condition, but also more likely to report taking medications for a behavioral challenge.
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