FASD is a complex disability and it’s different for each person. Understanding why each per- son experiences FASD differently starts with understanding the central nervous system.
You probably have heard of different forms of social bias: racism, ageism, sexism…but you may not have considered another population that often is a target of discrimination. Weight bias refers to negative attitudes and views about obesity and towards people with obesity. Weight bias can lead to other negative consequences, such as stigma and discrimination. Weight stigma refers to stereotypes and misconceptions about people with obesity. Weight discrimination refers to the actions of treating people with obesity unfairly leading to inequities.
From the Counselling Department : International Self-Care Day
Sunday, July 24, 2022
Self-care is a lifelong habit and culture. It is the practice of individuals looking after their own health based on the knowledge and information available to them. It is a decision-making process that empowers individuals to look after their own health efficiently and conveniently, in collaboration with health and social care professionals as needed. – Global Self-Care Federation
Chances are you can’t tell if someone has FASD by looking at them. For the majority of people this disability is invisible. Big challenges for people with FASD happen when they start drinking alcohol.
Because people with FASD were exposed to alcohol before they were born – while in the womb – they often have a different response to alcohol. Many people with FASD are quickly dependent upon alcohol and become addicted faster than expected.
Have you been spending too much time overthinking? Have you been dealing with education or work-related stress? Have you had the desire to exercise but struggled to find the motivation?
It is not always easy to see things from another person’s perspective. It also takes courage. This photo illustrates that although we may be dealing with similar experiences, the impact varies DRASTICALLY depending on our circumstances.
There is much confusion about FASD and mental health.
Here are some common questions we are asked:
Is FASD a mental health disorder?
No. FASD is a brain injury caused by prenatal alcohol exposure. FASD is now considered a full body disorder. People with FASD may have additional health issues along with brain differences.
Have you ever considered following a vegetarian diet but not sure if you can give up steak the rest of your life? There are many benefits to following a vegetarian eating plan, but it doesn’t always mean that you can’t eat ANY meat. Here are some definitions for different types of vegetarianism:
Vegetarian – generally a term for someone who does not eat any meat
Ovo-vegetarian – does not eat meat and dairy products but will eat eggs
Lacto–vegetarian – does not eat meat and eggs but will eat dairy products
Flexitarian or semi-vegetarian – eats mostly plant-based foods but may occasionally include meat, dairy, eggs, poultry, and fish in small amounts
Pescatarian – does not eat meat but will eat fish
Pollo–vegetarian – does not eat meat or fish but will eat chicken
Vegan – does not eat any animal products, including honey and gelatin
Everyone is tired, physically and mentally/emotionally, from the pandemic on top of all our ‘normal’ day to day. We all manage it in different ways and thats ok. Taking care of ourselves is relatively easy when we sleep well and have high energy. But what about the days you have low and medium energy?
Many people living with FASD have communication difficulties and these are invisible. Chances are you can’t tell if someone has FASD by just looking at them. For many people this disability is invisible.