Millions of people in the U.S. suffer from depression. More women than men suffer from this health condition. Major depression is an 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 any of these stressful events happened to you 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 these conditions? (Check all that apply.)
You have told us that there are no major risk factors in your current lifestyle and circumstances that would put you at risk of developing depression.
If you are concerned that you may be depressed, talk with your health care provider or a trained mental health professional.
You have told us that you have significant risk factors in your current lifestyle and circumstances that put you at higher risk of developing depression.
Having symptoms of depression does not necessarily mean you are depressed. Other conditions or illnesses can cause similar symptoms. It does mean that you should talk with your health care provider or a trained mental health professional who can diagnose your condition.
The answers you have given us show 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 you can. Find out where you can get help. Do not ignore this!
Call 911 if you are thinking of harming yourself. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255). It is open 24 hours a day, every day. They speak English and Spanish. Or visit the lifeline’s website at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
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.