FASD – Born addicted

Thank you for this article on #FASD – you share the story of so many others. Your words speak volumes.

LeeHarveyHeath

So 5 years ago today I had my last alcoholic drink, why is that important….I was an addict, 10 years of drinking from the age of 16. I started after being placed in a hostel because I no longer wanted to live at home, I became addicted to alcohol in a very short space of time, but I was born addicted.

What fuelled my addictition at that age was the death of my father due to his addiction, I was 10, and around two years later the murder of my classmate, both deeply traumatic for me at that age, not to mention all the early neglect I had been through that I mentally tried to block out constantly.

As the years past through my addiction, nobody detected my FASD, why???? Because the alcohol and drunken behaviours mask everything that was wrong with me, it covered my memory, anxiety, depression and…

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FASD is so tiring

Thank you Lee for an inside look at how it feels to live with the sleep issues involved in the challenges of fetal alcohol. I am reblogging this and also adding it to a resource for parents under by SLEEP STRATEGIES page – appreciate you sharing your wisdom – it will take all of us together to figure solutions out… our experts (the people with FASD who have the inside experience), caregivers (who have the outside experience) and professionals (who have access to resources and tools) – again thank you… if you want to see the sleep strategies here is the link http://realmindz.com/jodeekulp/2016/10/12/my-best-sleep-strategies-for-energizer-bunnies/

LeeHarveyHeath

So yet again I’m sat here wide awake at 2.50am. I’m tired, I’m always soooo tired, but that doesn’t mean my FASD brain is going to say ‘oh we’re tired now Lee, let’s get some sleep before our busy day tomorrow.

Nooooo, of course its not, MY brain is saying ‘oh your tired, your body aches with tiredness, your so tired of being tired you want to cry, and that melatonin isnt going to work tonight, oh what about this idea, or what about if we did that, yes and we must do it right now because our cognitive impairments won’t let us remember if we go to sleep, so we HAVE to do it right now’

Going through this most nights, is not fun, especially when its been going on for so long that you can no longer remember when you actually woke up feeling like you got some…

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Chronological Age vs. Developmental Age

Because this affects so many of the individuals we love – recommended reading.

help4yourfamily

written by Kate Oliver, LCSW-C

Having a blog on WordPress is so nice in that I got a nice little report for the end of 2012 letting me know which of my posts has gotten the most attention, etc. By far the most popular post was this one! So, in the spirit of sharing and refreshing for the New Year, I thought I would update and repost this blog, since it was one of my earlier ones and may have been missed by some of the folks who are newer to my blog. I keep my comments open and would love to hear if people are getting what they are looking for from this post even if it has been a while since I originally posted. Enjoy!

Chronological age vs. Developmental Age

When figuring out how to best meet the needs of our children, it is important to understand their…

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