Post Adoption Depression Syndrome

The symptoms of PADS and the symptoms of post-partum depression are quite similar:

  • Feeling depressed or particularly irritable for most of the day.
  • Diminished interest in activities that used to be enjoyable.
  • Significant weight loss or gain, and/or a change in appetite.
  • Changes in sleep pattern.
  • Noticeable increase or decrease in motor activity (others notice that they’re slower or more agitated than usual).
  • A general feeling of fatigue or low energy day after day.
  • Feeling worthless or excessively guilty on a regular basis.
  • Indecisiveness or an impaired ability to think or concentrate.
  • Suicidal thoughts.

If you feel that you are experiencing Post Adoption Depression Syndrome, please let your doctor and social worker know immediately.