Mental retardation natural history, complications and prognosis

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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]

Possible complications

Complications vary. They may include:

  • Inability to care for self
  • Inability to interact with others appropriately
  • Social isolation

Prognosis

  • The outcome depends on:
  • Opportunities
  • Other conditions
  • Personal motivation
  • Treatment
  • Many people lead productive lives and function on their own; others need a structured environment to be most successful.

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