Antidepressants and China adoption
Hi there! I'm new to the forum and have a quite personal question, but didn't know where else to go for an answer.

Does China permit adoptive candidates on antidepressants (it's for anxiety, not depression, but it is an antidepressant).

Thanks so much in advance!
Not to make light of people with clinical depression but the way the referral process is going I think the majority of us are going to be on anti-depressents by the time this process runs its course. Unhappy
What I have been told...
Our agency told me it is not a problem. You just need your MD to write a letter that states "taking this medication will not hurt your ability to parent".

We are not yet DCT so I am still a bit worried about what is going to happen in the review room. And there is that nasty rumor that there are more strict guidlines comingUnhappy

Hope this helps!

Hugs,
I'm wiht Chuck, I ready to get on them now! :grr:
Seriously, as long as you get the letter from your doc, it should be okay.
Thank you all so much, especially for the humor!!! I'm not a wacko and we have 2 biological sons as it is. Matter of fact, the medication HELPS me be a better parent! :woohoo::p
Hi there! I am on anti-depressents, too. My doctor just wrote a letter and we are LID. Our agency said it won't be a problem. I am actually trying to wean but am having trouble. I may just have to stay on them to continue to be a good parent! It has nothing to do with my child or family, but everything to do with my emotions and how I handle the rollercoaster that is our life!
I am also on meds and am LID March 06. My agency and social worker said it won't be a problem but I will feel much better once we have made it through the review room. I truely am a better parent on the meds so I hope all goes well. I will let you know in a few months if we get asked any questions.
Diana
I totally agree, this is so overwhelming, Wow!!
Americans use mental health services -- counseling AND medication -- very differently from people in the countries from which most Americans adopt.

In the U.S., it is common for otherwise healthy people to seek counseling and/or take medication for issues relating to infertility, job stress, relationship enhancement, and so on.

In many countries overseas, however, people don't use mental health services unless and until they truly are "mentally ill" -- that is, out of touch with reality and unable to function.

As a result, when Americans first begin to adopt from a particular country, the officials in that country are often shocked to receive applications from people who have seen mental health professionals or taken medication. They remind American agencies that they do not allow mentally ill persons to adopt children from their country.

However, over time, they become educated, thanks to the American agencies, about how Americans use mental health services. They come to see that, in the U.S., it is viewed as a good thing to get help for protracted grief after miscarriage, for anxiety about work, for enhancement of a marital relationship, etc. They come to realize that the people who seek help for such things are not "mentally ill".

China, thankfully, has now been placing children with Americans since 1992. It fully understands the difference between taking Prozac after a diagnosis of infertility, or seeing a therapist because of anxiety about speaking in public, and true mental illness.

At least at present, China has no problem with a person who is treated for mild anxiety or depression, using "talk therapy" and/or medication. Many people have adopted while on anti-anxiety or anti-depressant medications.

Other conditions may or may not be approvable. A lot depends on how the conditions are presented in the homestudy report and letters from physicians or therapists.

In general, China doesn't want to see hospitalizations or suicide attempts, although it has occasionally overlooked an episode in the distant past. And it doesn't really want more complex psychiatric diagnoses.

While a few people may have adopted with well-controlled bipolar disorder or similar condition, I suspect that it will become increasingly difficult -- given that China seems to be moving in the direction of greater strictness -- for people with such diagnoses to adopt. However, I don't see China going to the extreme of banning adoption by anyone who has a diagnosis of simple depression or anxiety, well-explained in the homestudy and medical reports.

Sharon
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