Down syndrome is related with a variety of mental health concerns, including ADHD, OCD, anxiety, and depression. Learn how to spot various symptoms of mood disorders and more. What are the most pressing mental-health issues for persons with Down syndrome?
Mental illness is highly prevalent among people with Down syndrome. Depression is common and can be difficult to diagnose because individuals with Down syndrome may not express their feelings as clearly as others do. Anxiety disorders are also common and often involve fears of social rejection or discrimination.
People with Down syndrome are at increased risk for several types of mental illness compared with the general population. The causes are not completely known, but may have something to do with genetic factors, brain abnormalities, and behavioral traits such as impulsivity.
There is also some evidence that certain medications commonly used to treat other conditions may cause or exacerbate cognitive problems, especially in the elderly. So it's important to discuss all current medications you take, including over-the-counter products, when seeing your doctor.
Down syndrome is associated with an increased risk of certain specific forms of mental illness. People with Down syndrome are about 10 times more likely than the general population to develop Alzheimer's disease by age 45. They are also more likely to experience depression and anxiety disorders.
The severity of these conditions varies among individuals with Down syndrome.
Older school-age children and teenagers, as well as young people with Down syndrome who have improved their language, communication, and cognitive skills, are more vulnerable to depression, social disengagement, reduced interests, and coping skills. Anxiety in general Obsessive-compulsive disorders Post-traumatic stress disorder Anger management problems Suicide attempts and death The presence of any one of these conditions is an indication that a person needs professional help.
People with Down's syndrome experience anxiety and depression at twice the rate of the general population. Many times, they fail to seek treatment because of their inability to understand the reason for their feelings or recognize that they are suffering from an illness.
Anxiety disorders are situations where a person has a constant feeling of fear or unease that affects how he/she thinks, acts, and feels toward others. This fear can be related to certain events such as going to school for someone with autism or having surgery. Anxiety disorders can be divided up into three categories: panic attacks, specific phobias, and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Someone with panic attacks may feel the need to flee from what makes them feel anxious, such as fleeing a building in order to escape violence in your neighborhood. A person with a specific phobia may feel anxious when around something that causes them harm, such as fearing spiders will cause them to have a heart attack.
People with Down syndrome may experience anger, sadness, embarrassment, or excitement. In truth, rather than being constantly joyful, persons with Down syndrome are more likely than the general population to suffer from mental health issues such as sadness, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive behavior. However, people with Down syndrome do have a greater chance of developing certain physical conditions that may lead some to feel less pain or discomfort than others. For example, many individuals with Down syndrome will experience heart disease and other aging-related problems late in life.
The best way for someone to understand what it's like to live with Down syndrome is by seeing it themselves. People with Down syndrome can make excellent friends and have very interesting lives if they're given a chance to show off their skills and participate in community activities.
In conclusion, living with Down syndrome is not easy but it is possible to have a happy and fulfilling life if you receive proper medical care and education.