HEALTH RESEARCH

Depression Risk Assessment

By Lambert, JG, MD 
 | 
June 05, 2019

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, 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.

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 (a ttempted 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 a ttempt Bipolar disorder Depression Cancer None

Updated:  

June 05, 2019

Sources:  

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. American Psychiatric Association. 2013, 5th ed., pp. 162-4.

Reviewed By:  

Paul Ballas MD,Marianne Fraser MSN RN,Maryann Foley RN BSN