Although depression can affect almost everyone, some people are at higher risk of becoming depressed. As mentioned in "What causes depression", certain factors increase a person's vulnerability to depression.

You are at a higher risk of depression if:

  • you have previously had depression
  • others in your family have had depression
  • you have a chronic medical conditions, such as:
    • heart disease
    • diabetes
    • chronic pain
    • nervous system conditions such as epilepsy and multiple sclerosis
  • you have another psychiatric condition
  • you are experiencing hormone changes (such as after delivering a baby)
  • you have an addiction to alcohol or drugs

You may also be at high risk for depression if you experience:

  • physical symptoms that can't be explained
  • pain, including chronic pain
  • fatigue
  • insomnia
  • anxiety
  • substance abuse

In these situations, your doctor would perform further tests and screening to determine the diagnosis.

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