Attachment: Post Adoption Blues
A number of parents 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. Finalizing an adoption is an emotional climax and the stress may be replaced by the new stress of caring for your child, sleep deprivation, and significant lifestyle changes. These feelings are not uncommon and will pass. However, because PAD can negatively affect attachment and bonding, it may be necessary to consult a physician or other professional.