For Spouses & Partners

Your partner or spouse is struggling.

That means you’re struggling too—it’s hard to watch someone you love go through something as painful and exhausting as post-adoption depression. You may feel helpless or even hopeless, but there are many ways that you can support a depressed partner or spouse.

What is PAD?

Symptoms of Post-Adoption Depression mirror those of postpartum depression and other forms of clinical depression:

  • changes in sleeping pattern and appetite
  • feelings of hopelessness
  • fatigue or exhaustion
  • problems with concentration
  • restlessness
  • suicidal thoughts

Stay Safe

If your partner is a danger to you, him/herself, or others, ask for help from an expert. You are not alone.

Getting help for your partner is the loving thing to do.

Is it PAD? Quiz

Think your partner may have post-adoption depression? It’s probably not news to you that PAD can negatively impact your adopted child and other family members.

Our quiz may give you the confirmation you need to encourage your partner get help and begin the recovery process.

This quiz was created for informational purposes only. This quiz and its results are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

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1 out of 4
My partner/spouse has a difficult time concentrating and/or making decisions.
My partner/spouse is tired or weak all the time.
My partner/spouse has difficulty sleeping or an increased need for sleep.
My partner/spouse had a significant weight change recently.
2 out of 4
My partner/spouse has lost interest or enjoyment in activities she/he used to love.
My partner/spouse feels excessive guilt and/or regret.
My partner/spouse seems to feel powerless, worthless, and/or hopeless.
3 out of 4
My partner/spouse is less patient and/or more irritable than she/he used to be.
My partner/spouse expresses irrational anger or rage.
My partner/spouse has expressed desire to harm self or others.
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4 out of 4