Post Adoption Depression: Causes and Prevention

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Post adoption depression and parent attachment disorder are surprisingly common and seldom talked about. After all, since you’ve tried so hard to become a parent, many adoptive parents are ashamed to admit that they are struggling. We interviewed Dr. Jane Aronson, a board certified general pediatrician and pediatric infectious diseases specialist, and adoption medicine specialist for the past 12 years. She is a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, and the founder of World Wide Orphan Foundation. Dr. Aronson is also the author of a new book, Carried in Our Hearts: The Gift of Adoption, Inspiring Stories of Families Created Across Continents.

+ Highlights of the show (click to expand)

  • What is post adoption depression, and how does it differ from the general state of being overwhelmed following the addition of a child into a family, regardless of whether that kiddo comes to us via adoption or birth?
  • How does post adoption depression differ from post partum depression?
  • How does post adoption depression differ from post adoption blues?
  • How common is post adoption depression?
  • How soon after the child is adopted does post adoption depression usually appear?
  • What is parent attachment disorder and how does it relate to post adoption depression?
  • How can adoptive parents prevent the mismatch of expectations to reality that is common in post adoption depression?
  • Who is more likely to sufer from post adoption depression or parent attachment disorder? Moms or dads?
  • What are the most common risk factors for post adoption depression?
  • What are the most common risk factors for failure of a parent to attach to an adopted child?
  • How does infertility grief play in to post adoption depression?
  • How to help parents cope with the shame of post adoption depression or not feeling bonded to their adopted child?
  • How is post adoption depression treated?
  • What type of doctor or therapist is best to treat post adoption depression?
  • Is medication effective in the treatment of post adoption depression?
  • What else can an adoptive parent do to help themselves?
  • Is treatment necessary for this type of depression?

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12/06/2013 | by Radio Show | Categories: 2013 Shows, Adoption, Adoption Radio Shows, Radio Show | 3 Comments



3 Responses to Post Adoption Depression: Causes and Prevention

  1. Yvette says:

    My husband & I are in our late 40’s. We have a 6 yr old son we adopted. He came to us through foster care as an infant. We are currently in the process of adopting a 3 1/2 yr old son who has been with us for a a year & a half. We had been infertile, which is why we adopted. This second time around I’m having depression & am having a hard time attaching to our 3 yr old. Thanks for this topic being discussed!!!!

    • Tracy Whitney Tracy Whitney says:

      I’m so glad you found this post. Thanks for reading and sharing your story. Have you found our online support community yet? We’d love to have you join us there – it’s full of folks who have been through very similar life experiences and you might really enjoy the camaraderie and support. You can find it here: http://ow.ly/KQR430jIg1o

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