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Getting Past Post-Adoption Depression
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In one survey, over 65 percent of respondents said they'd experienced depression after adopting their children. Nearly half of those with symptoms said they suffered for at least six months, and almost all said depression had affected their health.

 
In the May/June 2011 issue of Adoptive Families, we focus on post-adoption depression syndrome (PADS). After finally achieving our dream of parenthood, we expect to feel blissed out -- but many moms and dads are surprised to instead feel overwhelmed, isolated, even despondent. And yet, despite the prevalance of such emotions, few talk about the condition. We may feel too guilty to disclose feelings of depression. Or, if we do, friends, family, even doctors may not understand and may brush our concerns aside.
 
Did you experience PADS after bringing home your child? Are you currently grappling with the condition? Share your stories and best advice by posting a comment below.


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I dealt with PADS after we adopted our son from Russia at 13 months old (2005). I attribute it to being a first-time mom but also to pressure I placed on myself to be the great adoptive mom our home study promised. I wanted to make up for the time our son spent in the orphanage without a mom. I also felt responsible for the attachment/ bonding process. My best advice is to arrange help ahead of time for things that won’t interfere with attachment/ bonding (like cooking, laundry, and maybe playtime so mom can nap or shower). I was open about my feelings, but I think an extra set of hands or two may have prevented some of my frustration and sadness at that highly anticipated moment in my life.

By michelecscott on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 12:31 pm.

Many moms and dads are surprised to instead feel overwhelmed, isolated, even despondent.

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