I’m so happy I found all of your posts. I have been searching for other people in the same boat as me for a while.
I have a history of depression and have been on antidepressants for over five years. I have considered trying to get off antidepressants to make the adoption process smoother, but don’t know if it is a realistic option for me. They really help me. I have never been institutionalized and have always been able to support myself. I am actually in the process of becoming a psychiatric nurse, a second career for me, in part because of my experiences with depression. There is such a stigma surrounding mental illness that I don’t tell people about it normally so the idea of putting it on paper for the adoption process is daunting to say the least!
I have been considering adoption for the past five years. As a single woman, I have been determined to get my career path straight before taking the plunge mainly for financial reasons. Being single, with a history of depression/ taking antidepressants and admittedly having had a very dysfunctional relationship with my late father, I do wonder if I will be successful in adopting. I want to try though, no matter what. I cannot think of a more meaningful or wonderful thing to do with my life.
I have also found Dawn Davenport’s website wwwcreatingafamily.org , http://www.theadoptionguide.com and rainbow kids really informative.