FASD and co- occuring mental health disorders
Tommy O'Malley commented
Too often in the diagnosis of symptomatic behavioral disorders the etiology is ignored. The cause of the disorder should direct treatment. For example it is common that an FASD will manifest as ADHD as will Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) or Severely Emotionally Disturbed(SED).
"Real" SED stems from an emotionally disturbing event or events that happen after birth. Children with FASD are often diagnosed with SED because their disability often manifests as difficult, obnoxious and even criminal behavior. The treatment for SED may include talk therapy. You cannot cure organic brain damage with talk therapy.
Simple diagnosis from simply observing behaviors without realizing the source cause is simple minded.