Post-Adoption Depression Is Real
I was thrown for a loop when I hit a depression after we brought my sweet baby home. I had wanted him, sought him out, and prepared for him. He was perfect and the happiest baby ever. Yet I found myself lost in haze, often weepy and exhausted for no reason. What was wrong with me?

PAD stems from a ton of positive buildup before a baby’s arrival and then the letdown of how hard it really is to live day in and day out as the primary caregiver for a baby (or child — PAD isn’t just for those adopting infants). In our case, that struggle was coupled with the stresses of social worker visits and worrying about permanency. The reality is that adoption is hard and being a parent is harder and just because you’re skipping gestation and birth, it doesn’t mean that you’re in the clear for depression.