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Can being adopted lead to depression?
by Staff
Major Depressive Disorder is a debilitating disease with both mental and physical effects, and it can be brought on by many factors. Is adoption one of them? Could adoption be a contributing factor to other behavioral or emotional disorders?

About how many children were adopted in the U.S. in 2008?

  • 65,000
  • 135,000
  • 225,000

What percentage of American adults considers adoption as a way of building a family?

  • 2 percent
  • 10 percent
  • 30 percent

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is also often referred to as which of the following?

  • Asperger's syndrome
  • clinical depression
  • Lou Gehrig's disease

Which of the following is a common symptom of Major Depressive Disorder?

  • abnormally high energy
  • euphoria
  • frustration

Which of the following factors is believed to cause depression?

  • heredity
  • feelings of abandonment
  • both heredity and feelings of abandonment

Which of these is an example of a possible psychological cause of depression?

  • emotional neglect
  • a problem with neurotransmitters in the brain
  • living near power lines

How is Major Depressive Disorder different than occasional feelings of sadness?

  • MDD is characterized by intense sadness over a long time.
  • MDD is easier to treat than occasional sadness.
  • MDD, unlike occasional sadness, is not triggered by life events.

At what age do people with Major Depressive Disorder usually begin to experience symptoms?

  • adolescence
  • 20s
  • middle age

About what percentage of people in the U.S. will suffer from Major Depressive Disorder at some point in their lives?

  • 5 percent
  • 10 percent
  • 20 percent

Which of these is an example of a possible biological cause of depression?

  • genetically inherited traits affecting brain chemicals
  • bad juju
  • feelings of abandonment

Which of the following statements best describes the relationship between adoption and Major Depressive Disorder?

  • People who are adopted are more likely than others to suffer from MDD.
  • People who are adopted are less likely than others to suffer from MDD.
  • People who are adopted are neither more nor less likely than others to suffer from MDD.

Which of these is a possible cause of Major Depressive Disorder that could be brought on by the fact that a person is adopted?

  • bad genes
  • large thighs
  • failure to establish emotional bonds in infancy

Which of the following best describes the medical condition of mania?

  • elevated irritability
  • talking to yourself
  • extreme nausea after visiting an all-you-can-eat buffet

Which of the following best describes Bipolar Disorder?

  • mild sadness, followed by extreme grief
  • alternate bouts of clinical depression and mania
  • extended periods of extreme self-satisfaction

Which of the following statements best describes the relationship between adoption and Bipolar Disorder?

  • People who are adopted are more likely than others to suffer from Bipolar Disorder.
  • People who are adopted are less likely than others to suffer from Bipolar Disorder.
  • People who are adopted are neither more nor less likely than other to suffer from Bipolar Disorder.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is best described as which of the following types of conditions?

  • behavioral
  • mental
  • physical

Which of these is a common symptom of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

  • alcoholism
  • blurred vision
  • impulsive behavior

How is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder different than general misbehavior?

  • ADHD involves aggressive behavior over a period of one year or more.
  • ADHD involves aggressive behavior over a period of six months or more.
  • ADHD only affects children.

What percentage of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder have a biological parent who also has ADHD?

  • 2 percent
  • 10 percent
  • 40 percent

Which of the following statements best describes the relationship between adoption and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

  • People who are adopted are more likely than nonadopted kids to suffer from ADHD.
  • People who are adopted are less likely than nonadopted kids to suffer from ADHD.
  • People who are adopted are neither more nor less likely than nonadopted kids to suffer from ADHD.