There is no way to predict who will get depressed, although I think Charlie Sheen has a pretty fair shot. There are, however, certain risk factors. If you read my entry yesterday, I mentioned that women and specifically, stay-at-home moms have a very high rate of depression. I find this too depressing to even talk about so I am going to cut right to the chase. I have to finish anyway so I can wash get the spit up out of my hair and figure out what that unusual smell is – it might be me. Why would anyone find this line of work depressing?
Risk Factors for Depression
1. Having family members with a history of depression and/or alcoholism.
2. Having a depressed mood in childhood or having lived through traumatic events during childhood, e.g. physical or sexual abuse.
3. Having a serious illness such as cancer, HIV/AIDs, or drug and alcohol addiction.
4. Being poor — I guess in some cases, money can buy happiness. I need a job.
5. Here’s a tough one to quantify: having certain personality traits such as pessimism, low self-esteem and dependency.
Might I add, living in the Northeast in January, 2011? Does that qualify? All anyone can talk about is the weather, myself included. I am obsessed. And, if I hear one more person say that the freezing temperatures are caused by global warming, I am going to have myself committed. I might do that anyway. A padded room sounds like a nice, quiet vacation right about now. Do you think I can bring my iPod, a case of Chardonnay and my book?