Fetal Alcohol Disorders and ADHD: Study Comparison

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While children with fetal alcohol disorder and ADHD share many behavioral attributes, the reality is that severity of abnormal behavior is not the same for both groups. According to a study reported online in Alcohol: Clinical and Experimental Research, children with fetal alcohol disorders have more severe behavioral problems compared to children with ADHD. Children with fetal alcohol disorders typically have weaker emotional processing and social cognition abilities. According to Rachel Greenbaum, Ph.D., at the University of Toronto, “Behaviorally, FASDs and ADHD can look quite similar, particularly with respect to problems with very limited attention, physical restlessness, and extreme impulsivity.” This study should be one of many reminders of the dangers of using alcohol during pregnancy. Click here to read an article from Medpage Today that discusses the study more.

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