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Common misconceptions about Down syndrome, part 2

October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, and we're taking a look at some common misconceptions about Down syndrome.



Misconception: People who have Down syndrome are always happy.



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Reality: People with Down syndrome are more like typical people than they are different. Everyone has feelings and moods. One recent literature review of previous studies found that people with Down syndrome are at a higher risk for depression. And there is evidence that it is under-treated. Just as in the typical population, it is important that adults with Down syndrome have educational, work and social opportunities, as well as adaptive life-skills.


Tomorrow (October 11) is National Depression Screening Day. If you, a loved one or friend is disinterested in things they used to enjoy, frequently cancels plans or is moody or irritable, it could be depression. Go to www.helpyourselfhelpothers.org and take the first step toward getting help.