Depression: 12 Risk Factors You Should Know About
Could you be at risk of becoming depressed? Clinical depression typically occurs in teens and young adults, but it can strike at any age. And while we don’t know exactly what causes depression, medical professionals have identified certain factors that increase the risk. Here are the key ones to be aware of.
Being a woman
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Women are two times more likely than men to be depressed. There are several sociocultural and hormonal factors that contribute to the higher depression rates among women. Primary triggers include work stress, family responsibilities, childcare, poverty, sexual abuse, puberty, childbirth hormones, and menopause. Women are also at an increased risk for anxiety and eating disorders, which often accompany depression