Introduction to Research Theme: Mental Health
As people with intellectual disability now live well into old age there has been a consequent increase in the numbers of older adults presenting with depression and anxiety, vitality challenges, life event concerns, loneliness and at times, behaviours which challenge.
Mental health issue of research interest includes emotional, psychological and social wellbeing concerns and their impact on how people with intellectual disabilities and their carers cope, deal with stresses and make choices. Behaviours that challenge are often complex clinical assessment and treatment problems. Use of medication to address to address these concerns poses its own issues and is an important part of the Centre's research agenda.
This theme brings critical appraisal to mental health among people with intellectual disability and embraces policy implications, medication issues, and design of supportive service components. A specific strand of IDs-TILDA is now addressing both ageing and community placement transitions of persons with intellectual disabilities and long-standing mental health concerns.