Teenager reveals horror of living with FASD

Jade, 17, appeared on ITV’s This Morning alongside her adoptive mother Alison, following new findings that drinking alcohol during pregnancy is worse than taking Class A drugs. Jade says her conditions (FASD) is like having dementia. Dr. Dr Mary Mather warns of extreme affects after just one unit of alcohol

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‘It’s like having dementia’: Teenager reveals horror of living with foetal alcohol syndrome as experts warn drinkin

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A teenager has spoken about living with foetal alcohol syndrome and likened it to having dementia.

Jade, 17, appeared on ITV’s This Morning alongside her adoptive mother Alison, following new findings that drinking alcohol during pregnancy is worse than taking Class A drugs.

Speaking about the effects it has on her, she said: ‘It affects my ability to do normal everyday things – I present well and write well, but I can’t remember to lock the door or pick up the keys.’

After reading a leaflet on senile dementia in her doctor's surgery Jade said she recognised the symptoms and went home to tell her mother she had the diseaseJade, 17, appeared on ITV’s This Morning to talk about suffering from Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, which she likened to dementia

After reading a leaflet on senile dementia in her doctor’s surgery, Jade, who did not want to reveal her surname or where she is from, rec

ognised the symptoms and went home to tell her mother that she had dementia.

She said: ‘Mum said, “No you don’t”. But it feels a bit like having dementia.

‘The problem is remembering common sense things.’

Jade added: ‘The most frustrating thing is that I look bright to professionals but they don’t see there’s a problem.’

Talking about the latest findings, FAS expert Dr Mary Mather (far left) appeared on the programme alongside FAS sufferer Jade (centre) and her adoptive mother Alison (right)

Although the public is becoming increasingly aware of the syndrome nowadays, up until a few years ago it was rarely discussed,meaning Jade had no idea she had the syndrome until she was seven years old.

She said: ‘Where I lived when I was younger it was difficult. There were no rules and boundaries – so it didn’t help the diagnosis.’

After reading a leaflet on senile dementia in her doctor’s surgery Jade said she recognised the symptoms and went home to tell her mother she had the disease

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Disclaimer: The views and opinions in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of Edmonton and Area Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Network.

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