It’s not uncommon for new mothers to experience depression, which is usually attributed to hormonal fluctuations and lack of sleep after childbirth. But new research shows that depression after the arrival of a child isn’t limited to birth parents: adoptive parents are also at risk for depression after bringing a child home.How about you? Did you experience the post-adoption blues? I certainly was stressed and exhausted and busy being superparent after bringing Zoe home, but managed to avoid depression. I think being a more experienced parent helped with bringing Maya home. Despite having to deal with two instead of one child, it was a much easier experience.
Depression appears to be common among the two million couples in the United States who adopt children annually.
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[New] research, published in this month’s Western Journal of Nursing Research, found that the depression experienced by adoptive parents often stemmed from unmet or unrealistic expectations of the parenting experience.
Friday, April 2, 2010
Understanding Post-Adoption Depression
The New York Times explores post-adoption depression in an article published March 31, presenting new research conducted by Dr. Karen J. Foli, author of The Post-Adoption Blues: Overcoming the Unforseen Challenges of Adoption: