Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Adoption and Depression

Joy for new child turns to despair
As the number of overseas adoptions grows, more parents seek help.

In November 2003, Vicki Hummel came home from Russia with her newly adopted baby boy, excited to start a joyful new phase of her life.

Instead, the first-time mother plunged into despair. Even picking up her son, Alex, took enormous effort. She was convinced she could die at any moment.

Today, feeling better, Hummel has hard-won perspective on the little recognized and rarely studied malady that leveled her - post-adoption depression.


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