Risk Factors for Depression


There are a number of medicines whose side effects include depression. Some of these types of medicines include:



Substance Abuse

Depression is common in people who also have problems with substance abuse. This includes alcohol abuse, cocaine abuse, and stimulant withdrawal.


Medical Conditions

There are a number of medical conditions that increase the risk of developing depression. These risk factors can include:


  • Certain metabolic conditions, like:


  • Neurologic conditions, such as:


Hormonal Factors

Hormonal factors can increase a person's chances of developing depression. This includes hormonal changes that occur during menstrual cycle changes, pregnancy, miscarriage, the postpartum period (see Postpartum Depression), perimenopause, and menopause.
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