I Thought I’d Be Happy: Post-Adoption Depression Syndrome


The process of adoption is often described as a journey or an adventure, full of both the expected and the unexpected. It’s no wonder, then, that everyone involved sometimes finds themselves caught up in a whirlwind of emotions–both positive and negative–during the process and after an adoption has been finalized. What do you do if, instead of the thrill of happiness, you feel overwhelmingly sad, without energy, or even nonchalant about your newly created family?


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Author: Wisconsin Family Connections Center
Additional Author: Coalition for Children, Youth & Families
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