• Depression Risk Factors

Risk Factors
  • Unemployment: Unemployed people have to deal with financial pressures, personal conflicts and social issues and this can make them more prone to Depression.
  • Childhood experiences: People who have had troubled childhoods including assault, sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect, comparison with siblings, parental divorce, etc. are more likely to get Depression in adulthood.
  • Family History: When either parent has had Depression, it increases the probability of their offspring being depressed.
  • Stress: Any personal or family worry may sow seeds of Depression. If you are sensitive and react strongly to stress, then you are at higher risk.
  • Lifestyle: Depression is more common in people with a high-profile life, erratic lifestyle and increased work demands.
  • Personal life: People who are divorced and those who do not express their feelings are usually at more risk. People who have lack of love, support and understanding from their families or friends are more prone to get depressed.
  • Gender: Women are more likely to get depressed than men. Some women suffer from Depression after the birth of a child or when they face the stigma of not being able to conceive a child.
  • Chronic illness: People with chronic illness are at 15-20% higher risk of having Depression.
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