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
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