Can being adopted lead to depression?

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

In 2008, more than 135,000 children were adopted in the U.S.

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

In a 2007 Harris poll, roughly 30 percent of American adults said they've considered adopting.

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

MDD is also referred to as depression, clinical depression or, less frequently, unipolar depression.

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

MDD symptoms include deep sadness, frustration, restlessness, irritability, a general loss of interest, reduced sex drive, appetite changes and sleeping problems.

Which of the following factors is believed to cause depression?

Mental health professionals believe that both physical (heredity and body chemistry) and psychological (feelings of abandonment and self-esteem issues, for example) factors can cause depression.

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

Psychological causes often associated with depression include traumatic life events such as a major loss, emotional and physical neglect or sexual abuse.

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

Unlike occasional sadness, MDD inhibits a person's ability to function over a period of weeks or more.

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

Although people who suffer from MDD can experience symptoms at any time, most start to feel the effects in their 20s.

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

According to Stanford University researchers, at least 10 percent of Americans will experience a bout of MDD at some point in their lives.

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

Physical causes often associated with depression include inherited traits such as hormone and neurotransmitter (chemicals that relay signals throughout the body) levels.

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

There is no scientific evidence indicating that being adopted leads to Major Depressive Disorder in childhood, adolescence or adulthood.

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

Doctors cite a person's failure to establish solid emotional bonds in infancy because of rejection or neglect as one of many possible sources of depression.

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

Mania is a state of elevated irritability and energy that is essentially the opposite of depression.

Which of the following best describes Bipolar Disorder?

A person suffering from Bipolar Disorder experiences fluctuating bouts of clinical depression and mania.

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

There is no evidence suggesting the mere fact that a person is adopted makes him or her more likely to suffer from Bipolar Disorder.

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

ADHD is a condition that typically affects how a person acts and behaves, rather than affecting his mental state or physically impacting his body.

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

Common symptoms of ADHD include hyperactivity and impulsive behavior.

How is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder different than general misbehavior?

ADHD can affect people of all ages and is characterized by a pattern of hostile, aggressive or disruptive behavior (which typically results from an inability to concentrate or focus on a specific task) that lasts six months or more.

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

40 percent of children with ADHD will have a parent with ADHD.

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

A 2008 study published in Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine indicates that although most adopted children are psychologically healthy, they are subject to "slightly increased risk" of ADHD than nonadopted kids.

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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?

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