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Module 4: FASD Signs and Symptoms

Signs and Symptoms: 12-17 Years

The happy young child may as an adolescent become depressed, hostile, aggressive, or withdrawn. This change probably results from misunderstanding; isolation; rejection; repeated failures at home, in school, and in the community; and the onset of puberty. For many young people, chaotic lifestyles contribute to the problem.

Difficulties that can become apparent during this time can include:

  • Concrete thinking and lack of abstract reasoning; faulty logic
  • Difficulty with math
  • Difficulty with language
  • Quick information overload
  • Difficulty separating relevant from irrelevant data
  • Problems with judgment
  • Restlessness
  • Limitations with daily living skills
  • Difficulty with situation-specific actions
  • Difficulty with lasting relationships
  • Small support system, such as few friends
  • Unfocused and distractible tendencies
  • Problems handling money
  • Problems with the concept of time
  • Problems learning from experience
  • Truancy
  • Trouble perceiving social cues
  • Problems with social communication
  • Poor frustration tolerance
  • Depression, schizophrenia, and other co-occuring disorders
  • Difficulty maintaining good hygiene
  • Difficulty holding jobs
  • Naiveté and gullibility
  • Risk of substance abuse
  • Low self-esteem
  • Low motivation
  • Arrest, jail time, and other legal problems
  • Inability to share feelings

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