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Risk Factors for Depression

Risk Factors for Depression

Risk Factors for Depression

Family history

High risk in families with history of depression (7%) or alcoholism (8%)

Social class

No relationship

Race

May be less common in African Americans

Life events

Recent negative life events may precede episode

Personality

Insecure, worried, introverted, stress sensitive, obsessive, unassertive, dependent

Childhood experience

Early childhood trauma (e.g., significant loss, disruptive, hostile, negative environment)

Postpartum

Depressive episodes common

Menopause

No relationship

Social network

Relative lack of interpersonal relationships