Thursday, March 15, 2007

Post-adoption Families are At-Risk for Depression, Too

I've written before that I believe the sudden shift in lifestyle can be the cause for postpartum parents' mood changes. Sleep deprivation, social isolation, loss of income, career changes, and strained relationships are common to new parents--whether they birth their baby or adopt. Not surprising then are the emerging stories that are now being referred to as Post-adoption Depression Syndrome (PADS). If you or someone you know is considering adoption or has newly adopted a little one, be prepared that PADS may creep into a post-adoption family's life. It is a normal part of post-adoption adjustment, and like any other health problem, it is treatable. Adoption is a wonderful option for many families, and they deserve all the support and care that any family with a new child needs.

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