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Dapo's Guide to Playing Mental Illness
Dapo's Guide to Mental Illness
So, I've been reading the DSM-5 recently, and I thought it would be useful to create a guide to playing, and treating mental illness for some more interesting RP. Throughout many posts I will be covering the mental illness, how to play them, how to diagnose them, and how to treat them. Today we will be learning about Intellectual Disability, or Mental Retardation as it was known as prior to the Rosa's Law.
How to Play
Intellectual Disability can be defined with three criteria, deficits in reasoning, problem solving, planning, abstract thinking, judgement, academics, and learning from experience; deficits in the ability to meet developmental and socio-cultural standards for personal independence and social responsibility; and all deficits being present during development. Intellectual Disability can be defined into four types, from Mild, Moderate, Severe, and Profound. Persons with Mild Intellectual Disability may struggle in one to two age related skills concerning abstract and problem solving skills, a relative social immaturity, and may need some support from peers to complete complex living tasks; persons with Moderate Intellectual Disability may lag behind peers of the same age for abstract and complex tasks, a marked difference between them and peers, and extended periods of teaching are needed for the individual to complete basic life tasks; persons with Severe Intellectual Disability may have little understanding of written language concepts of time quantity and money, may be limited in terms of vocabulary and grammar, and require support for all aspects of daily living; persons with Profound Intellectual Disability may not have conceptual skills involving abstract and symbolic processes, the individual has little understanding of communication in speech or gesture, and the individual is dependent for all life tasks.
Every 6 out of 1000 people have Intellectual Disability, and males are more likely than girls to have it.
Stay tuned for more info on how to diagnose and treat the illness, as well as more posts on how to play more mental illnesses.
Language Disorder, language disorder can affect either verbal, written, or both. With language disorder you will have persistent difficulty with reduced vocabulary, limited sentence structure, and impairments with regular discourse, your abilities will be far below those of peers of your age, and your symptoms will be present in early development. Do not RP this with hearing or sensory impairment, motor dysfunction, or intellectual disability.

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