Trauma response interview George Rogu M.D. CPE

Trauma response interview George Rogu M.d. What is your background and training? The medical school that I attended was the University Medicine at Bucharest Romania. After the completion of medical school, I pursued Pediatric residency training at Albert Einstein College of medicine, Montefiore Medical Center. Since graduating from Montefiore Medical Center, I have been practicing […]

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 […]

Impact of Traumatic Stress on Adoptive Parents

Impact of Traumatic Stress on Adoptive 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? As I have indicated previously, a significant number of adoptive children have been exposed to traumatic events including, but not limited […]

Is Adoption Stress the same as Adoption Depression?

You have introduced Adoption Stress. Is this the same as Post-Adoption Depression? Who is likely to The term “Post-Adoption Depression” has been used to explain the feelings of sadness that are experienced by many adoptive parents subsequent to the adoptive process. Unlike postpartum depression, which may be caused by significant physiological and hormonal changes (e.g., […]

Adoption Stress associated with International & Domestic Adoptions

Adoption Stress and International Adoption Unfortunately, far too many adoptive children have faced traumatic events including, but not limited to, neglect, physical and sexual abuse and various degrees of abandonment. In recent months, I have accompanied Dr. George Rogu on a speaking tour with AdoptionDoctors.com. As the “Adoption Psychologist,” I regularly explain to adoptive parents […]

Adoption Stress Issues

People tell me that international adoption is easy. I would like to know what Post-Adoption issues should I be aware of that may have an impact on my family? In my experience, a majority of the cases of international adoption that I follow have a happy ending. But, as with any story, there are cases […]