Post Adoption Depression Syndrome

In the best of times our days are numbered.
And so it would be a crime against nature for any generation to take the world's crises so solemnly that it put off enjoying those things for which we were assigned in the first place...
The opportunity to do good work, to fall in love, to enjoy friends, to hit a ball
and to bounce a baby!

~Allistair Cooke~


Life changes and transitions of any kind can trigger stress and the onset of mood disorders. Starting a new job, getting married, buying a house, having a baby, adopting a child. These are all big life changes that are full of excitement and wonder! This excitement, even though positive, is still a form of stress on the body, and depending on other components of a person's life, their health, and possible previous experiences with mental illness, these big events can trigger big changes in the mind and body.

In particular, adopting a child and all of a sudden becoming responsible for another life, can be very stressful. Not unlike giving birth and having a new baby, adopting and bring home a new child into your home can have similar complications. Not that it is all negative, not at all, a new member to the family is a wonderful thing indeed. Yet it is a lot to deal with, and for some the stress and worry associated with parenting, coupled with other components can trigger a mood disorder such as Post Adoption Depression Syndrome. I feel in fact as if this term maybe needs to be updated a bit to encompass all mood disorders, not just depression. Adoptive parents can also be affected by anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder.

The same information and resources we have listed for Perinatal Mood Disorders are helpful for parents affected by Post Adoption Depression Syndrome.
Visit the following links:

Symptoms of Perinatal Mood Disorders
Getting help
Postpartum Addiction

Websites:

http://www.postadoptinfo.org/articles/07_05_depression.html