Tag: Clinical

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, […]

Plain Language Summary – Trauma-Informed Care for People with Developmental Disabilities

Plain Language Summary – Trauma-Informed Care for People with Developmental Disabilities Hispanic Doctor taking notes

Plain Language Summary – Trauma-Informed Care for People with Developmental Disabilities Trauma is when a person experiences an event, series of events, or situation that causes lasting negative effects. The traumatic event or situation is viewed by the person as being physically or emotionally harmful or life-threatening. People with disabilities have a greater risk of experiencing […]

Resilience

Resilience Person with Down Syndrome showing a thumbs up

Resilience In life, it is guaranteed there will be moments that cause us a lot of pain or difficulty. These pains and difficulties can be physical, mental, emotional, or something else entirely! All of these experiences are part of being human, but how we care for ourselves will impact our ability to recover from these […]