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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, medications, drug or alcohol 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.

Yes No
Loss of a spouse, family member, or loved one Divorce Loss of a job A serious illness or surgery A serious financial downfall None
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Yes No
Alcoholism in any first-degree family member(s) (mother, father, brother, sister) Bipolar disorder Depression Attempted or committed suicide 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 Attempted suicide Bipolar disorder Depression Cancer None

Medical Reviewers:

  • Nelson, Gail MS, APRN, BC
  • Pierce-Smith, Daphne, RN, MSN, CCRC