5 Common Psychological Problems In Adopted Children

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So, you are concerned about what is bothering your adopted child, and are trying to figure out what’s wrong with her. The best way to tackle the problem is to delve deeper into your adopted kid’s psychology. Here, we talk about common psychological problems with adopted child that can hamper their health, well-being, and progress.

Adoption is a legal process involving lots of emotions of your family members, yourself, and your adopted kid. Often, adoption causes behavioral problems for your adopted child, and makes it difficult for you to deal with your kid without disturbing your happy family atmosphere. So, scroll down to learn more about psychological or behavior problems in adopted children.

Prominent Psychological Problems With Adopted Child:

Adoption often affects attitude and behavior of the adopted kids negatively, so you need to learn about psychological issues with adopted children. Psychological and behavioral problems include:

1. Feeling Of Rejection:

Your adopted child may suffer from the negative feeling of rejection, on learning that she is an adopted child. Your kid may think that her biological family didn’t like her or didn’t love her which pushed her into adoption. The feel of being ‘Left Out’ can affect your adopted kid’s progress and psychological health and development negatively. Feeling of rejection can affect the behavior of your child adversely, so you need to make your kid feel that she is an important part of your family (1).

2. Loss And Grief:

Loss and grief due to the feeling of abandonment is one of the prominent causes of the behavioral problem in adopted child. Disappointment due to loss of biological family may affect your adopted child adversely, and make her grieve for the loss of her biological family. Your kid may bug you with lots of questions as to why her biological parents let them go for adoption. Also, the adoptee may grieve the loss of their siblings, grandparents, friends, and other familiar environments (2).

3. Identity Queries:

Your adopted child may suffer from the problem of self-identification on learning that her adoption. Identity development can be more complicated in adopted kids. They may bug you with questions, such as who are their biological parents, where they originally belong to, who they resemble, did their biological parents bond with them, and similar queries. Your kid may also ask you about her biological family traditions and heritage (3).

4. Self-Esteem:

The sense of self-esteem of your adopted child relates to her sense of belonging, identity, and value and dignity. Several studies reveal that adopted kids suffer from low self-esteem, as they score lower on self-esteem than their non-adopted counterparts (4).

5. Genetic Problems:

Often, an adopted kid doesn’t have access to her biological or genetic family health information. So, if your adopted kid has a genetic history of any ailment or disorder, then your child may not have appropriate knowledge of it. Lack of genetic health history may affect from learning the cause of disorder in your adopted kid if she suffers from any, which eventually affect the right line of treatment (5).

If your adopted child suffers from any negative behavioral problems, then you need to deal with your child carefully and with love. Make sure your kid doesn’t feel left out in your family. Try to make your child feel that she is part and parcel of the family. Loving and caring your adopted child will help you tackle her behavioral problems effectively and promote her overall well-being significantly.

Did your adopted child suffer from any psychological problem on learning her adoption? What did you do to tackle your adopted child behavior problems? Share your experience with other moms here. Leave a comment below.

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