A focus on mental health in people with Intellectual Disability

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Mental health is something that affects everyone and can impact our lives in physical and emotional ways

People with an Intellectual Disability can experience a full range of mental health problems and are more likely to have a mental health problem than a person without an Intellectual Disability.

There are some factors thought to increase the risk of experiencing mental illness for people living with an Intellectual Disability, including, neurological and genetic conditions, sensory impairments, reduced social networks, inappropriate living environments, adverse life events, economic disadvantage, frequent transitions, bereavement and loss, discrimination, and abuse.

It can be particularly difficult for a person with an Intellectual Disability to receive a correct diagnosis of a mental illness, which can be frustrating for the individual and their support people.

Psychologists can assist in identifying symptoms of mental illness in a person with an Intellectual Disability. The psychologist would talk with the individual and/or observe their behaviour across multiple settings, talk with support people and administer assessment tools that have been developed specifically for people with an Intellectual Disability.

If you or a loved one are struggling with mental health, please seek professional help. To speak with a HenderCare psychologist, call 1300 764 433.

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