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Depression Risk Assessment

More than 14 million people in the United States suffer from depression. More women than men suffer from this medical condition. Major depression is an all-encompassing 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, drug or alcohol 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.

1. In the last year have you thought seriously about killing yourself?
2. Have you had any of the following stressful occurrences during the last 12 months? (Check all that apply.)
3. Have you been in trouble with the law in the last 12 months?
4. Has someone close to you recently committed suicide?
5. Has anyone in your family (parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunts, or uncles) had any of the following conditions? (Check all that apply.)
6. Do you have or have you ever had any of the following conditions? (Check all that apply.)