June 18, 2010, Newsletter Issue #195: Symptoms Of Post-Adoption Depression

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It is common for new adoptive parents to suffer from depression after an adoption.

Symptoms of Post-Adoption Depression are:

Feeling blue, tearful, irritable
Weight loss or gain
Inability to sleep or noticeably sleeping more
Feeling restless, or a feeling of being slowed down
Loss of interest in activities that used to bring pleasure, or a diminished pleasure in those activities
A feeling of worthlessness, or guilt
Unable to concentrate
Thoughts of suicide

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, seek counseling, and know that you are not alone.  Surround yourself with a support system of friends and family members who are understanding, and won't judge you.  In time, this will pass, be patient, and allow yourself adequate time to adjust to your new role as an adoptive parent.

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