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Risk factors for depression

  • Any of the following can increase your risk for depression:

    • death of a loved one
    • divorce
    • job change
    • giving birth
    • moving
    • perceived stress of any kind
    • major illness, such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's or Parkinson's diseases
    • drug or alcohol abuse
    • prescription medicine side effect
    • family history of depression
    • changes in hormones