While people with Down syndrome are generally happy, symptoms of depression and anxiety may develop in early adulthood. Children and adults with Down syndrome are at increased risk of epileptic seizures, which occur in 5–10% of children and up to 50% of adults.Causes: Third copy of chromosome 21.
Adulthood. Many adults with Down’s syndrome are now leaving home, living independently with varying degrees of support, holding down jobs, forming relationships and generally getting the most out of life.
Some young people with Down’s syndrome may have stayed in school until age 19; others may have already been in college. In either case age 19 is likely to be a major transition point. Under the new SEN system, young adults have increased rights in education up until age 25 and an Education, Health and Care Plan can remain in place until that age.
Many people with Down syndrome form meaningful relationships and eventually marry. Now that people with Down syndrome are living longer, the needs of adults with this condition are receiving greater attention. With assistance, many adults with Down syndrome have developed the skills required to hold jobs and to live semi-independently.Author: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD.