This post is an excerpt from my book Depression Solutions.
The short answer? Everyone. All of us. Each of us. No one is immune. Depression can happen to a person of any gender, age, race, or socioeconomic level.
But in general, people who have experienced any of the following are at a higher risk for depression:
- A previous depressive episode
- A family history of depression
- Difficult childhood, especially a history of physical, sexual or emotional abuse
- Substance abuse problem
- Single, with no significant other
- Recent bereavement
- Women who have recently given birth
- Recent serious medical conditions, such as stroke, heart attacks, diabetes
- Recent trauma, such as assault, military service or witnessing a fatal accident
- Recent severe stressors, such as divorce or loss of employment
Women and depression
Women are at significantly greater risk than men for developing Major Depressive Episodes at some point in their lives. Depressive episodes occur twice as frequently in women as in men.
In general, depression is more common among those who are less resilient, and those who have not developed good coping skills.
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