Plain Language Summary: Increasing Caregiver Awareness: Helping Identify Anxiety and Depression in Individuals with Down Syndrome Down syndrome is a disorder that occurs in about 1 in 700 people. People with Down syndrome have unique problems that can contribute to mental health issues throughout their lives. Anxiety and depression are the most common emotional problems […]
Month: February 2020
This story is about Adam, a 36-year old man living with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy from Burke, Virginia. Adam discusses his daily life living with a physical disability including the supports he needs, the assistive technology he uses, his transition into a group home, and obstacles he has faced in getting mental health treatment. These […]
“I kind of have two strands of research. One is this methodological question of how do we do participatory research? Well, there are people doing it and but I still feel like there’s this big gap and in it being scaled up, and more people being confident, we need more people to feel confident doing […]
Plain Language Summary – Guardianship and Supported Decision Making When a person turns 18 in the United States, they are called a legal adult. A legal adult is given rights, like voting and signing forms for themselves. When a person becomes a legal adult, they usually become their own legal guardian too. A legal guardian […]
Micah Peace is a twenty-six year old autistic person from Louisville, KY. After receiving a false diagnosis of Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder, they lived much of their childhood and adolescence confused about why pharmaceutical medications seemed to produce a negative effect on their behavior and habits. During their transition into college, Micah spoke with other professionals about the possibility of being autistic. As a result, their life trajectory has changed for the better. Micah now advocates for others with autism, as a founding member of the Kentucky Autism Spectrum Alliance.
In her interview, Jessica talks about dealing with anxiety and depression, therapy, and reading about Asperger’s for the first time.
Plain Language Summary: How to Locate Services Available to Individuals with Developmental Disabilities: Caregiver Perspective Many parents and caregivers of children with developmental disabilities have difficulty navigating resources that can be helpful to them. Since some U.S. states provide varying services, the information provided below is based on what is available in the majority of […]
Dr. Ty Aller was a recent guest on the MHDD Crossroads Podcast (listen to the full interview here and find our other episodes). In our conversation, Dr. Aller discussed how he got involved in the mental health field, his experiences with this work, and a current project he has been developing at the MHDD National Training […]
Episode 3 of the MHDD Mental Health Crossroads podcast, Dr. Verity Rodrigues discusses how hard it is for organizations, providers, and autistic individuals themselves to realize that people with autism can also experience mental health challenges like anxiety or depression. This leads to other challenges with diagnosis and treatment. Advocates and researchers are only recently […]