Post Adoption Depression Syndrome
What is Post Adoption Depression:
Post Adoption Depression Syndrome (PADS) has long been a real and serious problem in the adoption community. The term Post Adoption Depression was coined in 1995 by June Bond, an adoption advocate, in an article in Roots and Wings magazine. This article gave a label to the stress, anxiety and depression that many parents experience following adoption. PADS can affect both women and men. It can affect parents adopting through any type of adoption – public, private, international, customary care or kinship.
PADS “is a depressive and adjustment symptoms that can be experienced after an adoptive placement. Parents experiencing PADS need to understand that the symptoms (of PADS) are normal and not based on failure (and being a) bad parent”. (Adoption.com) The onset of depression can occur days or years after a child/children join the family. PADS can be classified as mild, moderate or severe. Post Adoption Depression Syndrome can be episodic with remissions and re-occurrences. The duration is greater than 3-12 months.
Reliable figures on post-adoption depression are hard to come by, but anecdotal evidence and small scale surveys indicated that around half of new adoptive parents experience some sort of problem ranging from baby blues to actual depression. As per the Pacific Post Partum Support Society of Vancouver, they esimtate that 10-28% of new parents experience postpartum depression to some degree.
My Journey with Post Adoption Depression
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Not Just the blues: Coping with Post Adoption Depression
We need to be aware that social communities like Adopt4Life exist and can be there to normalize the journey and provide meaningful social interactions. We also need to see Post Adoption Depression added to the PRIDE curriculum in Ontario. See more...
The Self Care Menu
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Adoption.com Post-Adoption Depression
Adopting.comI Didn’t Love My Child at First Sight
Symptoms of Post Adoption Depression
Adoptive Families Association of BC- Recognizing and Coping with Post Adoption Depression
Adoptions Together – Recognizing Post Adoption Depression Syndrome
Good Therapy – Fathers Post Adoption Depression
Huffington Post – What you should know about Post Adoption Depression
Globe and Mail – Post Adoption Depression: A Condition Hard to Understand
News Medical- Contributing Factors to Post Adoption Depression
Adoption Council of Canada – Post Adoption Toolkit
She Knows - The Reality of Post Adoption Depression
The Post-Adoption Blues: Overcoming the Unforseen Challenges of Adoption –
Karen J. Foli and John R. Thompson