I’ve waited all this time to become a parent, why do I feel so blue?
Actually a number of parents do 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.
Individuals with a history of depression or
experienced difficulties in the
adoption process may be at higher risk for PAD.
Finalizing an adoption is an
emotional climax and the stress may be replaced by the new stress of caring for
your child. These feelings are not uncommon and will pass. However, because PAD
can negatively affect attachment and bonding, it is important to seek help as
Post Adoption Depression Syndrome
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