When we think about adopted children, most of us picture a happy family of cooing parents bonding with an adorable infant. For the adult who was adopted as a child, however, this blissful image is often tarnished by issues that carry over from childhood.
What problems do adopted adults have? Among other things, they often suffer from:
- Feelings of loss and grief
- Problems with developing an identity
- Reduced self-esteem and self-confidence
- Increased risk of substance abuse
- Higher rates of mental health disorders, such as depression and PTSD.
In fact, Childwelfare.gov reports that, “…most of the literature points to adopted adolescents and adults being more likely to receive counseling than their nonadopted peers (Borders et al., 2000; Miller et al., 2000).”