Post-adoption depression is a very real issue that some adoptive and birth parents face. The symptoms and rates of occurrences (1 in 7 moms, 1 in 10 dads/partners), are similar to postpartum depression (PPD), and can also include unsure feelings about tough decisions, adjusting to a new parenting role, bonding issues, unresolved infertility issues, and more.
Just like with PPD, there are many treatment options to help parents struggling with post-adoption depression. Support groups, specifically trained counselors and therapists and knowledgeable prescribers can all play a major role in recovery. We want you to know that there are good resources for you that provide non-judgmental support, information, and connection with others. We’ve listed some below and hope that you find them useful. Please also look at our international support map for resources near you or call our HelpLine.
PSI has a specialized support coordinator dedicated to birth moms who are having a hard time, either with the birth and relinquishment of their baby or with subsequent pregnancies. If you are a birth mom who needs help please reach out to Maureen Fura:
Maureen offers support in both English and Spanish.
Mood and Anxiety Disorders during the postpartum period are experienced by more than just a birthing parent. Parents who have adopted a baby/child can experience challenges with mood and anxiety as well. PSI has a Specialized Coordinator who has special knowledge and understanding of the difficulties these parents may be experiencing.
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