Mental Health and People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Often many people, professionals included, see a person with a intellectual or developmental disability (ID/DD) and assume that they cannot have a mental illness; that their behaviour is due solely to their intellectual challenges.
This is not true.
Our goal with Advanced Practice is to provide information that will help guide you in your interactions with people with ID/DD to ensure their mental health needs are addressed. In this module, we will focus on factors to assess when considering mental health issues in those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
We will talk about the important and significant role that families and caregivers play in the process of identifying mental health needs in people living with ID/DD. In any mental health situation, the individual's needs and care should be at the centre of the process. But there are many factors to consider in ensuring they receive effective care. Family and caregivers can provide valuable information to professionals, from their observations of the individual. Professionals, working in collaboration with the individual, the family, and caregivers will find it easier to arrive at a successful treatment plan.