Bienestar mental en los adultos con sindrome de Down: Una guia para comprender y evaluar sus cualidades y problemas emocionales y conductuales (Spanish Edition) (Special Needs Collection)

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Description in English of Spanish-language edition of Bienestar mental en los adultos con sindrome de Down (Mental Wellness in Adults with Down Syndrome)...

In this groundbreaking book, the founding directors of the Adult Down Syndrome Center of Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois--the first and premier facility of its type in North America--share nearly 30 years of combined experience treating more than 3,000 adolescents and adults with Down syndrome aged 12 to 83. Bienestar mental en los adultos con sindrome de Down is an invaluable resource for parents, mental health professionals, teachers and caregivers who want to understand better how to promote mental health and resolve psychosocial problems in people with Down syndrome.

This authoritative, easy-to-read guide clarifies what are the common behavioral characteristics of Down syndrome, how some can be mistaken for mental illness, and what are the bona fide mental health problems that occur more commonly in people with Down syndrome. As McGuire and Chicoine describe these traits and mental health issues, they also explain, through detailed observations and case studies based on their patients, how parents, caregivers and adults with Down syndrome can work together to foster mental wellness. In addition, the authors discuss the importance of regular assessment and how behavior and mental well-being can be affected by environmental conditions, social opportunities, and physical health.

The first section of the book offers a wealth of knowledge and insight about typical behavioral traits of Down syndrome and how to work with them to encourage mental wellness on a day-to-day basis. Topics include:

-Community and Family Support
-Self-Talk and Imaginary Friends
-Communication-Related Problems
-Memory Strengths and Deficits
-Emotional Development
-Tendencies Toward Sameness and Repetition
-Self-Esteem and Self-Image
-Lifespan Issues

The second section on mental illness includes chapters on such conditions as:

-Depression and Other Mood Disorders
-Anxiety
-Obsessive-compulsive disorder
-Tic Disorders and Repetitive Movements
-AD/HD and Other Impulse Control Issues
-Autism
-Alzheimer disease

In each case, the authors describe the problem signs, the diagnostic process and a range of treatment options, such as counseling, behavioral therapy and medications.

Now, thanks to Bienestar mental en los adultos con sindrome de Down, 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. Anyone who knows or cares for an adult with Down syndrome will undoubtedly understand them better after reading this guide.

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*First published in English in 2006, this valuable guide explains common behaviors of people with Down syndrome that may be mistaken for mental illness, such as having imaginary friends, talking to oneself, having troubling communicating and remembering, and tending to repeat things and speak in a monotone. The authors, a physician and a psychologist, founded the Adult Down Syndrome Center at Lutheran General Hospital in Oak Ridge, IL, the first of its kind, which offers integrated care to a population that is growing and living longer. They stress the importance of family and community support in planning living arrangements and choosing appropriate activities and also stress the need for evaluating both mental and physical health and the interrelationship of the two. The second section of the book examines mental illness, including depression and mood disorders, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, tic disorders and repetitive motion, autism, ADHD, and psychosis, and explains the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options for each. Pictures of adults with Down syndrome and their families and case histories provide a personal touch. An appendix contains a glossary, a chart of commonly prescribed drugs and their uses, and a bibliography of English-language resources. This valuable book belongs in all consumer health collections. Highly recommended. --Críticas Connection, An English-Speaker's Guide to the Latest Spanish-Language Titles (*starred review), April 2011

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