Mental Health

Mental health is super important and I believe it’s not discussed enough especially in the adoption community. It has taken a huge toll on many of us (some more than others) because we’ve been through so much already in our lives and has impacted us a tremendous amount. According to research , twelve to fourteen percent of adopted children in the United States between the ages of 8 and 18 are diagnosed with a mental health disorder each year, and adopted children are almost twice as likely as children brought up from their biological parents to suffer from mood disorders like anxiety, depression, and behavioral issues. I sometimes think to myself, “what if I wasn’t adopted, would I feel still feel all these emotions or would I feel them less?” Adoption has its highs and lows. The rollercoaster of emotions it has brought me over the years from sadness, frustration to anxiety + many more. I have struggled with anxiety since I was little and as time went on I it escalated then as I got older I was diagnosed with depression. I’m not going to go into major details, but I’ve overcome more than I ever thought. To this day I still struggle here and there with my thoughts and feelings but I am learning to manage it and I always remind myself with time it gets better. To all my adoptees remember you are loved and all your feelings are valid. ❤️

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