Affect regulation includes mood and anxiety disorders.
How might the person with FASD be affected
Very emotional with swings from sad to happy – often not sure why they are sad
May have anxiety or depression, panic attacks
Problems with separation from family e.g. separation anxiety or disorders of attachment e.g. in children with multiple out of home care placements
Tips for managing these difficulties
Where possible avoid situations that may be stressful or cause anxiety
Plan changes well ahead and talk about what is going to happen e.g. going on holidays, moving household furniture (particularly in their bedroom or playroom)