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Adopted kids see long-lasting effects of Romanian orphanages

Romanian children adopted from overcrowded orphanages in the 1990s were more likely to suffer psychological problems as adults compared to other children taken in by British families, according to a decades-long study.

Doctors say the findings suggest there is a critical window when young brains develop that may determine someone's future mental health, and that some problems might not be fixable later.

"These kids came to the U.K. in desperate conditions, very malnourished and very stunted in growth," said Edmund Sonuga-Barke of the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London, the study's lead author. "Despite the families' absolute investment in the...

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