Long-Term Consequences of Adoption

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I have found some great articles on the long-term consequences of adoption. Those that adopt or place their child up for adoption must be aware of the possible issues that could occur at any time during this sensitive process. This post is in no way trying to discourage those interested in adopting to be afraid or have doubts, but rather an opportunity to educate yourself and prepare as best as possible if these issues arise. There are groups and support available to you if you need help navigating this very emotional and complicated time in your life.

For the Child

Research on Long-Term Effects

Long Term Issues for the Adopted Child

Impact of Adoption on Adopted Persons – PDF

Trauma that Lasts a Lifetime

Long-Term Effects of Adoption: An Empirical Study of Adult Adoptees

Statistics on the Effects of Adoption

For Birthmothers/Parents

Impact of Adoption on Birth Parents: Responding to the Adoptive Placement

The Impact of Adoption on Birth Parents

Impact of Adoption on Birth Parents – PDF

Long Term Issues for Birthmothers after Adoption – AMHC

For Adoptive Parents

Fears Regarding Adoption

Things to Do While Waiting For Your Adopted Child

Impact of Adoption on Adoptive Parents

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Ultra-Brief ECT for the Treatment of Severe Postpartum Depression

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This is a small case report but is an important one, demonstrating the effectiveness of ultra-brief electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for the treatment of severe postpartum depression.  While most women with postpartum illness have mild to moderate illness, there are some women with severe depression that significantly impairs their ability to function and to care for their child.  Women with severe PPD are also at higher risk for suicide.

 

In this report, 3 women with severe postpartum depression, refractory to treatment with medication, were psychiatrically hospitalized. All three patients had significant suicidal ideation. They were treated with right unilateral ultra-brief ECT.  (Ultra-brief ECT consists of electrical pulses lasting less than 0.5 milliseconds and causes less memory impairment than ECT treatments with longer pulses.) All women began to respond within 3–6 treatments (within 1-2 weeks), and no significant cognitive side effects were observed.

Although ECT is rarely thought of as first line treatment, this report suggests its usefulness in the management of women with severe PPD.  For women with severe depression, psychiatric hospitalization may be necessary.  However, in the United States where mother-baby units are rare, hospitalization often necessitates a prolonged separation of the mother from her infant.  Medications typically take 2-4 weeks to start working, and sometimes the illness is refractory to treatment with medications.  This case series suggests that ECT is not only effective in this setting but also yields quick results.  

Ruta Nonacs, MD PhD

Levy Y, Austin MP, Halliday G.  Use of ultra-brief pulse electroconvulsive therapy to treat severe postnatal mood disorder.  Australas Psychiatry, 2012.

Read More:

Focht A, Kellner CH.  Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in the treatment of postpartum psychosis.  J ECT. 2012 Mar;28(1):31-3. (Review)

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Dangers of “Crying it Out”

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Letting babies "cry it out" is an idea that has been around since at least the 1880s when the field of medicine was in a hullaballoo about germs and transmitting infection and so took to the notion that babies should rarely be touched (see Blum, 2002, for a great review of this time period and attitudes towards childrearing).

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Postpartum Depression: What it really is

Having a new baby is a beautiful thing. Many mothers are ashamed to admit depression after a pregnancy because they fear that it will make them a bad mother. This is not the case. Post partum depression should be treated as quickly as possible.

Having a new baby is a beautiful thing. Many mothers are ashamed to admit depression after a pregnancy because they fear that it will make them a bad mother. This is not the case. Post partum depression should be treated as quickly as possible.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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I would just like to say a quick Happy Mother’s Day to you all! I hope that today is just a small reminder of how important motherhood is for the health and development of your children and in turn society as a whole. I hope you all were able to relax and play with your children and families today. Thank you for reading my blog and providing comments and feedback to me and each other. More to come!

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