Adopted Childhood Development Severely Damaged By Adoptive Mother's Post Adoption Depression
Adopted Children are Developmentally Impacted From Adoptive Mother's Post Adoption Depression (PADS)
Most PADS studies focused on the adoptive mother showed statistics at a minimum of 18%-26%, these adoptive mothers agreed to participate in the post adoption depression study.
Postpartum depression in biological mothers is between 10%-15% in the general population.
Why is non-hormone driven post adoption depression so incredibly high among adopters? Studies suggest unrealistic adopted child expectations, adoptive parent-adopted child bonding failure and adoptive mother's excessive guilt.
What about the adoptive mothers that play the game, avoid the child welfare system or adopt children internationally and through lawyers where they are not under the scrutiny of the social welfare system. Adoptive mother's in denial of their depression, and the adoptive mother's that know better than to admit to any personal inadequacy to professionals that might raise a red flag.
As I have posted previously, the pre-adoption psychological evaluation questionnaire is a list of questions related to the future adoptive parent's mental stability. Each question has
four possible answers of positive or negative. Any uneducated person can see the implications of each question and how each of the four answers will result in a questionable or acceptable reflection on the prospective parent. This psychological test is easily manipulable by the test taker to provide proof of mental stability. The test is a poor example of professional measures to ensure adopted child safety with prospective adoptive parents.
The test is too easy to fill out by avoiding answering the questions honestly. Adopting parents can fill out this form to reflect how perfect they are or how flawed they are.
When a person has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars to adopt a child, they are not going to risk their chances or their serious financial investment in adopting by answering questions that would implicate them as a mental risk. To assure their adoption financial investment, the prospective adopting parents are going to selectively answer these questions to make them look like the best candidate to adopt a child.
The post adoption depressed mother will only seek help if she truly wants to admit serious personal truths that may risk her adopted child custody. Most pro-adopting mothers will not take such a risk that may jeopardize their public appearance, social standing or personal appearance and vanity.
The adopted child is the one who suffers through childhood, yet with a depressed adoptive mother.....they hope to survive it.