Mental Wellness in Adults with Down Syndrome: A Guide to Emotional and Behavioral Strengths and Challenges

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Woodbine House, 2006 - Family & Relationships - 431 pages
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MENTAL WELLNESS IN ADULTS WITH DOWN SYNDROME is an upbeat, thoroughly readable guide, providing parents, mental health professionals, teachers, and caregivers the keys to understanding how to promote mental wellness and resolve psychosocial problems in people with Down syndrome. This groundbreaking book is written by the founding directors of the Adult Down Syndrome Center of Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois. The authors draw on nearly 30 years of combined experiČence, treating more than 3,000 adolescents and adults with Down syndrome aged 12 to 83. The book clarifies what the common behavioral characteristics of Down syndrome are, how some can be mistaken for mental illČness, and what bona fide mental health problems occur more commonly in people with Down syndrome. The first section offers a wealth of knowledge and insight about typical emotional and behavioral traits of teens and adults with Down syndrome. Topics include:  Community & Family Support  Self-Talk & Imaginary Friends  Communication-Related Problems  Memory Strengths & Deficits  Emotional Development  Tendencies Toward Sameness & Repetition  Self-Esteem & Self-Image  Lifespan Issues The second section on mental illness includes chapters on such conditions as  Depression & Other Mood Disorders  Anxiety  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder  Tic Disorders & Repetitive Movements  AD/HD and Other Impulse Control Issues  Autism  Alzheimer Disease For each condition, the authors describe the probČlem signs, the diagnostic process, and a range of treatment options, such as counseling, behavioral therapy, and medication. Now, thanks to MENTAL WELLNESS, readers all over the world can pay a virtual visit to the Adult Down Syndrome Center and benefit from the insight and expertise of Drs. McGuire and Chicoine.

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Adults with Down syndrome, their families, and all who work with them will benefit immeasurably from this guide, which is unique in its range and insight. Chicoine, medical director of the Adult Down ... Read full review


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Dennis McGuire, Ph.D., is the Director of Psychosocial Services for the Adult Down Syndrome Center of Lutheran General HosČpital in suburban Chicago. Brian Chicoine, M.D., is the mediČcal director of the Adult Down Syndrome Center. Together they founded The Center in 1992 and have served nearly 3,000 adults with Down syndrome since its inception. Both Drs. McGuire and Chicoine are frequent speakers at conferences around the U.S. and abroad regarding their work and expertise. They live with their families outside of Chicago.

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