More than 20 million people in the United States suffer from depression. About twice as many women as 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.)
You have indicated that there are no major risk factors in your current lifestyle and circumstances that would put you at risk for developing depression.
If you are concerned that you may be depressed, talk to your health care provider or a trained mental health professional.
You have indicated that you have significant risk factors in your current lifestyle and circumstances that put you at increased risk for developing depression.
Having symptoms of depression does not necessarily mean you are depressed; other conditions or illnesses can cause similar symptoms. It does mean, however, that you should talk to your health care provider or a trained mental health professional who can diagnose your condition.
The answers you have given us indicate you are at risk for suicide.
If you have not already done so, talk with your health care provider, a family member or other supportive person as soon as possible and find out where you can get help. You can also contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 if you are thinking of harming yourself. Do NOT ignore this!
This information is not intended as a substitute for professional health care. Always consult with a health care provider for advice concerning your health. Only your health care provider can diagnose depression.