The use of drugs in the control of the problem behaviour of people with profound retardation and multiple impairments

  • C. Kiernan


Any substance which we eat, breathe, have applied to the skin or have injected, can affect behaviour. Some substances have indirect effects: perfumes, or the smell of cooking food, may make us feel happy. Cigarette smoke may induce serious illness and lead to death. Food in general is necessary to sustain health but some people are allergic to certain types of food, for example dairy products, or to certain types of food additives, and may become irritable or overactive. Antibiotics, taken for common complaints, may make people feel drowsy or depressed. In this chapter we will consider the effects of one group of substances, psychoactive drugs, on problem behaviour in people with profound retardation and multiple impairments.


Problem Behaviour Sleep Problem Temporal Lobe Epilepsy Tourette Syndrome Psychoactive Drug 
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