Depression – Who is at risk?

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?

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