Lighthouse Thoughts

August 6, 2014

Post Adoption Depression

I’ve waited all this time to become a parent, why do I feel so blue?

Actually a number of  parents do feel a degree of post adoption blues  and some will develop post-adoption depression (PAD). The symptoms are the same as those for most forms of depression. They may include fatigue, irritability, loss of appetite, sadness, and a general sense of being overwhelmed. Individuals with a history of depression or  experienced  difficulties in the adoption process may be at higher risk for PAD. 
Finalizing an adoption is an emotional climax and the stress may be replaced by the new stress of caring for your child. These feelings are not uncommon and will pass. However, because PAD can negatively affect attachment and bonding, it is important to seek help as necessary. 
Post Adoption Depression Syndrome

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