About Adoptee Rage

Statistics Identify large populations of Adoptees in prisons, mental hospitals and committed suicide.
Fifty years of scientific studies on child adoption resulting in psychological harm to the child and
poor outcomes for a child's future.
Medical and psychological attempts to heal the broken bonds of adoption, promote reunions of biological parents and adult children. The other half of attempting to repair a severed Identity is counselling therapy to rebuild the self.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Suffering Lifetime Adoption Trauma By Surrendering Mothers and Adopted Children


The Adoption Trauma Lives On Forever In the Lives of Surrendering Mothers and Adopted Children 

Adoption Trauma

The secrecy and shame surrounding illegal, unethical and human rights abuses in adoption policies and practices of the past continue to reverberate in the lives of those separated by adoption in Canada.
Adoption trauma to mothers and persons adopted continues to be under-acknowledged and underserviced in Canadian society. Psychiatrists, Psychologists,  and other mental health professionals are often not knowledgeable with respect to adoption specific issues and adoption trauma.
The need for qualified service providers has been identified by Origins Canada. To meet that need, Origins Canada has developed a two day training program for counsellors. Further, we are working on an ongoing study with Canadian Mental Health professionals to identify adoption related issues, and to provide appropriate education.
The study Past Adoption Experiences: National Research Study on the Service Response to Past Adoption Practices states the following:  “One of the most significant findings within this respondent group appears to be that, regardless of whether they had a positive or more challenging experience growing up within their adoptive family , most participants identified issues related to problems with attachment, identity, abandonment and the parenting of their own children.”
According to the study and Origins Canada, persons adopted have reported the following:
* Trauma and wounding from the loss of their mother and family
* Adoption Stigma
* Criticism for searching
* Identity issues
* Attachment issues
* Mirroring issues
* Feelings of rejection and abandonment
* Feeling obligated to show gratitude all their lives
* Low levels of self worth
* Difficulties in forming attachments and relationships with others
* Some subjected to abuse and neglect in their adoptive families
* Seeking their families – loyalty issues
* Access to their original birth certificates – a human rights issue
* Records continue to be sealed and kept secret in six provinces in Canada thus preventing persons adopted which separates them from their families, heritage, medical history; and denying the possibility of healing reunions
According to the study Past Adoption Experiences: National Research Study on the Service Response to Past Adoption Practices “Mental health and wellbeing measures used in the survey indicate a higher than average likelihood of these mothers suffering from a mental health disorder compared to the general population, with close to one third of the mothers showing a likelihood of having a severe mental disorder at the time of survey completion.”
Most mothers of adoption separation suffer from:
  • Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder ( including hypervigilence, nightmares, flashbacks, repression of memory, triggering memories, continuing throughout their lives including when they become grandmothers.)
  • Post Partum Depression after the birth of a subsequent child
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Disenfranchised and Unresolved Grief lasting a lifetime
  • 80% of mothers suffered a Major Depression
  • Continuing sense of shame, fear, and secrecy
  • Secondary Infertility
  • Substance Abuse issues (due to trauma)
  • Stress related physical ailments including fibromyalgia, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, psoriasis etc.
  • Difficulty developing and maintaining intimate relationships
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