Tell the truth about your past

My husband and I are getting ready to begin the international adoption process, and wondering whether it is necessary to disclose something. Thirty years ago, my husband was convicted on a drug possession misdemeanor. The conviction has since been expunged and the record is sealed. We know honesty is the best policy, but since the […]

ADHD and Early Trauma: Adopted vs Non-Adopted

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 of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is higher among adoptive children (see http://www.aaets.org/adoptarticle7.htm). Therefore, it would be difficult to substantiate that […]

Adopted children are at risk for 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? Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) is a condition in which individuals exhibit markedly disturbed and developmentally inappropriate social relatedness. Children with RAD have considerable difficulty […]

My pediatrician believes that my child has Reactive Attachment Disorder.

My pediatrician believes that my child has Reactive Attachment Disorder. What can I do if there isn’t a RAD therapist within 100 miles of my home? Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) is a condition in which individuals exhibit markedly disturbed and developmentally inappropriate social relatedness. Children with RAD have considerable difficulty forming meaningful, affectionate relationships. Since […]

Symptoms suggest that an adoptive child has been exposed to a significant traumatic event?

What symptoms suggest that an adoptive child has been exposed to a significant traumatic event? Many adoptive children have, unfortunately, faced traumatic events. Having an understanding of the symptoms suggestive of traumatic exposure can aid in identifying children who may be experiencing traumatic stress reactions. Ultimately, by identifying symptoms early, we can keep adoptive children […]

“self-proclaimed experts” in adoption?

Do adoptive parents frequently experience Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? And do these parents who are “victimized” by the process go on to become “self-proclaimed experts” in adoption? Certainly a provocative question! Unfortunately, far too many people confuse Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with Traumatic Stress. The former is a psychiatric disorder that is applied to a […]

Psychological screening tests and evaluations for the newly adopted post-institutionalized children

Psychological screening tests and evaluations for the newly adopted post-institutionalized children Fortunately, there is a growing appreciation of the unique needs of adoptive children. While efforts are made to evaluate and understand the medical background and medical status of adoptive children, little attention is given to address the emotional and behavioral needs of these children. […]

Psycho-medical and social effects of natural disasters

Psycho-medical and social effects of natural disasters What are some of the psycho-medical and social effects of natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina on children living through this traumatic event? Natural disasters like hurricane Katrina and other events like the 9/11 terrorists attacks have grave implications on all persons that live through these traumatic events. […]

What is post-traumatic stress and how does it manifest in the young institutionalized child?

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 traumatic events. These include, but are certainly not limited to, neglect, physical and sexual abuse and various degrees of abandonment. By having an understanding of traumatic stress and how it […]