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For people with Down syndrome, family members, caregivers and professionals.

Mental Wellness in Adults with Down Syndrome: A Guide to Emotional and Behavioral Strengths and Challenges (2nd Edition)

April 2021 | Dennis McGuire, PhD and Brian Chicoine, MD - Book (2021)

Publisher's Book Description

Awards for the First Edition: 

2007 Independent Publisher Award: Bronze Medalist in Psychology/Mental Health Category

2006 Best Book Awards, Psychology/Mental Health Finalist

2006 ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Award: Finalist in Psychology Category

This thoroughly updated second edition of Mental Wellness in Adults with Down Syndrome is upbeat and accessible in tone, yet encyclopedic in scope. The size of the book reflects both the breadth of the authors' knowledge - acquired as cofounders of the first medical clinic dedicated solely to the care of adults with Down syndrome - and the number of psychosocial issues and mental disorders that can affect people with Down syndrome. It's the go-to guide for parents, health practitioners, and caregivers who support teens and adults with Down syndrome. 

Mental Wellness emphasizes that understanding and appreciating both the strengths and challenges of people with Down syndrome is the key to promoting good mental health. It shows readers how to distinguish between bona fide mental health issues and common characteristics of Down syndrome - quirks or coping strategies. For example, although talking to oneself can be a sign of psychosis, many adults with Down syndrome use self-talk as an effective problem-solving strategy.

The second edition includes new chapters on sensory issues (written by Dr. Katie Frank) and regression, expanded and now separate chapters on communication, concrete thinking, and visual memory, and an extensively updated chapter on Alzheimer's disease citing abundant new research. Other chapters cover a range of conditions and assessment and treatment options: 

  • What Is Normal?
  • Self-Esteem & Self-Image
  • Self-Talk
  • Grooves & Flexibility
  • Life-Span Issues
  • Social Skills
  • Mood & Anxiety Disorders
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Psychotic Disorders
  • Eating Refusal
  • Challenging Behavior
  • Self-Injurious Behavior
  • Autism
  • Tics, Tourette Syndrome & Stereotypies

*Woodbine House Publishing closed in 2022. We recommend reaching out to your local Down syndrome organization or local library to find out if they have a copy you can borrow. Booksellers that sell used books may also have copies.*

Please note: The information on this site is for educational purposes only and is not intended to serve as a substitute for a medical, psychiatric, mental health, or behavioral evaluation, diagnosis, or treatment plan by a qualified professional. We recommend you review the educational material with your health providers regarding the specifics of your health care needs.