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ADHD and Adopted Children

I have heard that Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is more common among adopted children than the general population. Is this true? And, if so, why? Attention Deficit... [more]

ADHD and Early Trauma: Adopted vs Non-Adopted

If ADHD characteristic behaviors are resulting from early trauma, how is recommended treatment different than that for children living with their birth family and ADHD? The incidence ... [more]

Impact of Traumatic Stress on Parents

You write frequently about the impact of traumatic stress with adoptive children. Could you address the impact of traumatic stress experienced by the parents of adoptive children? ... [more]

Obsessing About Birthmother

Seven year old adopted granddaughter is obsessing about her birth mother, and can't seem to get peace about being adopted. How can we help her accept that she can't see her birthmother unt... [more]

Post-Adoption Depression

You have introduced Adoption Stress . Is this the same as Post-Adoption Depression? Who is likely to experience it and how can it be prevented? The term "Post-Adoption Depression... [more]

Psych Evaluation for Parents?

I have heard that parents who seek to adopt children are often required to undergo extensive psychological evaluations? Is this true? And, if it is, what should my husband and I expect i... [more]

Reactive Attachment Disorder

I have heard that many internationally adopted children are at risk for Reactive Attachment Disorder. What is this disorder and what are some of the signs that parents should look for? ... [more]

Recommended Psych Screenings & Evaluations

What are the recommended psychological screening tests and evaluations for the newly adopted post-institutionalized children? Fortunately, there is a growing appreciation of the ... [more]

Symptoms of Trauma

What symptoms suggest that an adopted child has been exposed to a significant traumatic event? Many adopted children have, unfortunately, faced traumatic events. Having an understandi... [more]

Traumatic Stress & Post-Traumatic Stress

What is post-traumatic stress and how does it manifest in the young institutionalized child? Unfortunately, a significant number of young institutionalized children are exposed to... [more]

What is Adoption Stress?

At a recent presentation, I heard Dr. Lerner use the words, "Adoption Stress." Could he explain the concept here? Unfortunately, far too many adoptive children have faced tr... [more]

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