Yona Lunsky

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Individuals with Asperger syndrome are at increased risk for mental health problems compared with the general population, especially with regard to mood and anxiety disorders. Generic mental health services are often ill-equipped to offer psychotherapeutic treatments to this population, and specialized supports are difficult to find. This case series used a(More)
Low social support is known to be a risk factor for mental illness in the general population. Social strain, or stressful social interaction, has also been shown to correlate highly with psychopathology but has been largely ignored for individuals with mental retardation. Results based on staff ratings of 104 adults with mental retardation are presented,(More)
OBJECTIVE To report national demographics and diagnostic profiles of people with developmental disability hospitalized for psychiatric reasons, and to contrast results to psychiatric hospitalizations among patients with no comorbid developmental disability. METHOD People with developmental disability across Canada were identified using data administered(More)
OBJECTIVE This study examined the child, parent, and service factors associated with polypharmacy in adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). METHODS As part of an online survey examining health service utilization patterns among individuals with ASD, parents provided demographic and clinical information pertaining to their(More)
Adolescents and adults with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who do not have an intellectual impairment or disability (ID), described here as individuals with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder (HFASD), represent a complex and underserved psychiatric population. While there is an emerging literature on the mental health needs of children with ASD(More)
Study Objective. We describe and contrast medical to psychobehavioral emergency visits made by a cohort of adults with intellectual disabilities. Methods. This was a study of 221 patients with intellectual disabilities who visited the emergency department because of a psychobehavioral or medical emergency. Patient profiles are described and logistic(More)
OBJECTIVE This study compared patients with both mental retardation and a psychiatric diagnosis with patients who did not have co-occurring mental retardation who were served in Ontario's tertiary mental health care system in terms of demographic characteristics, symptom profile, strengths and resources, and clinical service needs. METHODS A secondary(More)
It has been assumed that impaired intellectual capacity could act as a buffer to suicidality in the population of persons with intellectual disability (ID), developmental disability or mental retardation. The few studies conducted contest this assumption and in fact findings show that the characteristics of suicidality in that population were very similar(More)
Suicide is today in the Western world one of the leading causes of death and most people have had suicidal ideation at some time during their life. In the population of persons with intellectual disability some researchers have thought that impaired intellectual capacity could act as a buffer to suicidal behavior, but the fact is that the few studies(More)
It is estimated that 13 percent of the population has an intellectual or developmental disability (IDD; Boyle et al., 2011) which is characterized by severe and chronic limitations in cognitive and/or physical functioning that appears prior to age 22 years and is likely to be lifelong (American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities,(More)