03/02/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/02/2021 14:33
Developmental disabilities are a group of conditions due to an impairment in physical, learning, language, or behavior areas. These conditions begin during the developmental period, may affect day-to-day functioning, and usually last throughout a person's lifetime.1
Know who is at risk for severe illness from COVID-19
Most people with developmental disabilities are not naturally at higher risk for becoming infected with or having severe illness from novel coronavirus (COVID-19). However, people with developmental disabilities who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at risk of serious illness. Some people with developmental disabilities may have difficulties accessing information, understanding or practicing preventative measures, and communicating symptoms of illness.
Know how to protect yourself and others
Continue with your routine care
Know how to manage stress and cope during the pandemic
It is natural to feel concerned or stressed as more cases of COVID-19 are discovered and our communities take action to slow the spread of disease. Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress.
Ways to cope with stress
Click here for information on how to take steps to help yourself cope with stress and anxiety.
Take care of your mental health
Anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions can be more common in people with some developmental disabilities. If you are being treated for a mental health condition it is important to continue any therapies or medications.
Look out for these common signs of distress:
If you experience these feelings or behaviors for several days in a row and are unable to carry out normal responsibilities because of them, call your healthcare provider or use the resources below to get help. If you are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, anxiety, or thoughts of hurting or killing yourself or others:
During this pandemic, it is critical that you recognize what stress looks like, take steps to build your resilience and cope with stress, and know where to go if you need help.