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Debunking myths: talking therapies and learning disability

People with learning disabilities can benefit from cognitive behavioural therapy to treat anxiety and depression says nurse consultant Matt Broadway-Horner

People with learning disabilities can benefit from cognitive behavioural therapy to treat anxiety and depression says nurse consultant Matt Broadway-Horner

In my work as a nurse consultant in mental health and learning disability, and as a cognitive behaviour psychotherapist, I have seen positive and significant results in using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to treat anxiety and depression in people with learning disabilities. I have found it to be effective and not redundant as some healthcare professionals believe.

Data show that 40% of people with learning disabilities have mental health problems – more than double the rate of mental health problems in the general

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