Post-Adoption Depression

June Bond first coined the term “Post-Adoption Depression Syndrome”(PADS), in the spring 1995 issue of “Roots & Wings” Magazine. In 1999, Harriet McCarthy, an adoptive mother who experienced PADS herself, conducted some exploratory research. From an on-line survey of 145 parents, who adopted internationally, over 65% reported Post-Adoption Depression.

Feelings of sadness or worthlessness, sleeping too much or too little, changes in appetite, intense anxiety/insecurity, feelings of guilt and shame, irritability and possible anger outbursts, thoughts of harming self and/or baby, feelings of loss of self.

Post-Adoption Depression can have an onset that varies. It can last a short time or for years. There are also remissions and reoccurrences.


It is always darkest before the dawn.