Teresa Larsen

Plain Language Summary – Stress and Coping

Plain Language Summary – Stress and Coping Woman with curly hair looking at camera

Plain Language Summary – Stress and Coping Introduction Everyone experiences stress. Difficult situations can bring on negative emotions and sometimes feel like too much. People do not always know how to deal with these emotions. We can all learn to improve how we handle stress.  Stress Stress is natural. It is a physical and mental […]

Plain Language Summary – Mental Health Among Older Adults with Disabilities

Plain Language Summary – Mental Health Among Older Adults with Disabilities Older adult sitting in wheelchair

Plain Language Summary – Mental Health Among Older Adults with Disabilities As people get older, they have a higher chance of having disabilities. People that already have one or more disabilities may face more concerns. Social isolation and loneliness increase the risk of mental health concerns. Social isolation means that someone is having very few […]

Mental Health Crossroads Podcast – Interview with Janet Shouse

Mental Health Crossroads Podcast – Interview with Janet Shouse

Janet Shouse from the Vanderbilt-Kennedy Center was a recent guest on the MHDD Crossroads Podcast. She talked to us about her career path, her role as program coordinator for the IDD Toolkit, www.iddtoolkit.org,- which she helped develop. This toolkit is an online resource for medical providers to better serve adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. […]

On Getting Knocked Down—and Getting Back Up Again: 10 Secrets for Success in Life

On Getting Knocked Down—and Getting Back Up Again: 10 Secrets for Success in Life Two cyclists riding on a path

On Getting Knocked Down—and Getting Back Up Again: 10 Secrets for Success in Life Written by Ken K. Gourdin I was born nearly ten weeks early at a time when such an early birth meant that I probably wouldn’t survive.  I was also born at a time when dads weren’t allowed in the delivery room, […]

Using My Mental Health Recovery To Create Community & A New Normal

Using My Mental Health Recovery To Create Community & A New Normal Nancy Mercer and two friends at a diner

Using My Mental Health Recovery To Create Community & A New Normal Written by Nancy Mercer, LCSW I must be honest; my mental health was tested the first week or two of the #stayathome orders. I lacked energy, could not focus, did not want to connect with others—or even walk my dog (a favorite activity […]

Plain Language Summary – Dual Diagnosis 101

Plain Language Summary – Dual Diagnosis 101 Two kids with and Adult in a Classroom

Plain Language Summary – Dual Diagnosis 101 People who experience dual diagnosis are people who experience a developmental disability and a mental health concern. It is a common condition and 30-35% of people with developmental disabilities also experience mental health concerns. Developmental Disability is a term that includes disabilities that can be cognitive, or physical, […]