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Affect regulation

Definition

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)

 

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Page last updated 10 October 2019