What to Know about Post-Adoption Depression in Adoptive Families
When you bring your child home for the first time, something you most likely have been restlessly waiting to do, you may begin fighting melancholic feelings. We at Adoption Choices of Arizona want you to be aware of the possibility of post-adoption depression, and we will explain it and help get you back on track. Here is what you should know about post-adoption depression.
What exactly is post-adoption depression, and how do I know if I have it?
The symptoms of post-adoption depression closely resemble those of postpartum depression, including, but not limited to, mood swings, difficulty sleeping, and anxiety. Post-adoption depression may also feature feelings of insufficiency, thoughts of harming oneself, and experiencing troubles of bonding with the child. According to a study featured in the Journal of Affective Disorders, anywhere from 10%-32% of adoptive parents may experience post-adoption depression. The best way to know if you have it is by consulting your doctor or contacting your adoption specialist with Adoption Choices of Arizona at 1-480-999-4310 who can get you in touch with a medical professional.
How can I heal from post-adoption depression?
Of course, the first step to healing is knowing there’s a problem, and your doctor can certainly help you with that. After your doctor confirms the issue, whether it’s post-adoption depression or something else, that’s when you should begin to form your support system and take time throughout the day to do things you love, like reading, listening to calming music, and so on.
If you are experiencing very harmful thoughts, however, contact 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
What if I’m embarrassed to ask for help for post-adoption depression?
It’s OK to feel embarrassed, but you shouldn’t be. Post-adoption depression, whether you like it or not, is common and out of your control. Everyone around you during this process realizes that, so you should, too.
Nothing bad can come from seeking help if you think you need it. Before you know it, you’ll be past the bad days and back on your feet, experiencing the good days that you deserve with your child.