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I was born with fetal alcohol syndrome. Does this affect me mentally?

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Dr. William Holmes
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: It Is Likely

The effects of fetal alcohol syndrome can vary in severity from one person to another, but FAS commonly causes a variety of problems related to learning difficulties along with other behavioral and emotional problems.

In brief: It Is Likely

The effects of fetal alcohol syndrome can vary in severity from one person to another, but FAS commonly causes a variety of problems related to learning difficulties along with other behavioral and emotional problems.
Dr. William Holmes
Dr. William Holmes
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Dr. Cristina Carballo
Pediatrics - Neonatology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Usually there are developmental delays.
This varies in each individual. Usually special ED classes are needed.

In brief: Yes

Usually there are developmental delays.
This varies in each individual. Usually special ED classes are needed.
Dr. Cristina Carballo
Dr. Cristina Carballo
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Dr. Thomas Lin
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Fetal alcohol syndrome has been attributed to low birth weight, some dysmorphic features and even mental retardation.
Depending on the severity of alcohol exposure, the severity of the presentation can be variable.

In brief: Yes

Fetal alcohol syndrome has been attributed to low birth weight, some dysmorphic features and even mental retardation.
Depending on the severity of alcohol exposure, the severity of the presentation can be variable.
Dr. Thomas Lin
Dr. Thomas Lin
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Maybe

There are 2 basic variables in biology: environment & genes (susceptibility).
In your case, alcohol exposure was the environmental factor. Your susceptibility to its effects are not known. Therefore, there could be severe impairment to no discernible impairment in your case. The risk is high. That's why we caution against its use in pregnancy. But the two major variables remain in each case.

In brief: Maybe

There are 2 basic variables in biology: environment & genes (susceptibility).
In your case, alcohol exposure was the environmental factor. Your susceptibility to its effects are not known. Therefore, there could be severe impairment to no discernible impairment in your case. The risk is high. That's why we caution against its use in pregnancy. But the two major variables remain in each case.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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