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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


May be less common in African Americans

Life events

Recent negative life events may precede episode


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

Childhood experience

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


Depressive episodes common


No relationship

Social network

Relative lack of interpersonal relationships