Post Adoption Depression

Post Adoption DepressionEvery adoptive parent expects that after working so hard to become a parent, they will feel nothing but joy and thankfulness at the gift that is their child. More often these feelings of joy are mixed with feelings of being overwhelmed and worry about not “falling madly in love at first sight”. Throw in the exhaustion of any major life change, and you have the makings for post-adoption depression.

We have seen no research on how many adoptive parents experience post-adoption depression, but anecdotally from members in our online support community, we believe that it occurs more often when:

If you are struggling post-adoption, you are not alone. This is not a reflection on you, or your child, or your eventual adjustment. Talk with your adoption social worker. She will not judge, and she can help.

If it is interfering with your ability to parent, seek outside counseling. In the meantime, you absolutely must join an in-person or online support group. One of the best is the Creating a Family Facebook Support Group.

Creating a Family has many resources on post-adoption blues. A few we think you will find particularly helpful are:

Many more Creating a Family radio interviews with experts, videos, blogs, fact sheets, and Q and A’s with Experts on post-adoption depression can be found at the icons below.

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Additional Resources

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Creating a Family Radio Shows on Post Adoption Depression

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Creating a Family Blogs on Post Adoption Depression

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Creating a Family Factsheets, Tips on Post Adoption Depression

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Creating a Family Videos on Post Adoption Depression

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Q and A's with Experts on Post Adoption Depression

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