Reducing Your Risk of Depression
It may not always be possible to prevent depression . However, the following strategies may help reduce your risk of becoming depressed. Be alert to factors that can increase your risk for depression, such as:
- Family history
- High levels of stress
- Major life changes, such as death of a relative, assault, severe marital or relationship problems
- History of physical or sexual abuse, or bullying as a child
- Psychological factors, such as:
- Low self-esteem
- Sensitivity to loss or rejection
- Inadequate social support
- Previous episodes of depression
- Chronic physical illness
- Heart attack
- Chronic pain
- Hormonal changes, including the postpartum period or menopause
- Medications that can cause depression
- Alcohol or drug abuse
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 09/2014
- Update Date: 09/17/2014
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