Medicine

Mental Health and Down Syndrome

This post originally appeared on MedLine Plus.

A common misconception held by people unfamiliar with Down syndrome is that individuals with Down syndrome always feel happy. Families, caregivers, doctors, and individuals with Down syndrome themselves know it does not limit the experience of emotions. Children and adults with Down syndrome experience all the same emotions everyone experiences, both good and bad. They also experience mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and others. 

At least half of all children and adults with Down syndrome will face a major mental health concern during their life, a statistic that is similar to the general US population. The most common mental health concerns in individuals with Down syndrome include anxiety, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, oppositional behaviors, depression, and tic disorder. 

This post originally appeared on MedLine Plus.