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Depression Risk Assessment

Millions of people in the U.S. suffer from depression. More women than men suffer from this health condition. Major depression is an illness that affects a person's body, feelings, thoughts, and behavior.

Certain things can trigger an episode of depression. They include a stressful life event, genetics, physical illness, medicines, substance abuse, or hormone levels. Any one of these factors, or a combination of them, can make depression more likely. The following questionnaire can help you assess your risk for depression. Follow up with your healthcare provider for evaluation if you are concerned about depression.

Loss of a spouse, family member, or loved one Divorce Loss of a job A serious illness or surgery A serious financial downfall None
Alcoholism in any first-degree family member(s) (mother, father, brother, sister) Bipolar disorder Depression Suicide (attempted or committed) None
Heart attack (myocardial infarction). Alcoholism Type 2 diabetes Type 1 diabetes Kidney disease HIV positive or HIV infection Anorexia nervosa Bulimia binge/purge Hepatitis C Multiple sclerosis Suicide attempt Bipolar disorder Depression Cancer None