Digging deep to find the professional observation studies of
pediatric doctors, who were finding unrealistic numbers of adopted children committed to mental facilities and found
these numbers alarming., But why the secrecy?
- 1st adoptee,
- "I look in the mirror and cannot recognise myself".
- 2nd adoptee,
- "I feel there is something about adoption that gives you a feeling of insecurity as regards just exactly who you are".
- 3rd adoptee,
- "I feel that I am only a half a person, the other half obscured by my adoption".
- 4th adoptee,
- "I never really felt I belonged. I feel empty and I find it difficult to make friends or be close to people. I have been hovering on the edge of a break down".
One of the main anxieties of adoptees is the fear of being different and somewhat set apart from the rest.
Children who are adopted into a different culture will still need to identify with aspects of their original heritage.