You’ve persisted through years of paperwork, intrusive questions from social workers, visits to court, disappointments, and more . . . and now you’ve finally completed your adoption. Hooray! So why, now that you have what you’ve been working towards so diligently, are you feeling so blue?
Approximately one in ten adoptive parents experience post-adoption depression, says OBGyn Liji Thomas, who goes on to ask, “What causes post-adoption depression?” In her article exploring the topic, Thomas explores various contributing factors that can combine to create an often-surprising state of depression after an adoption has finalized, including fatigue, stress, unrealistic expectations, and more.