Risk Factors for Depression
A risk factor is something that raises a person's chances of getting a disease or health problem. A person can have depression with or without the risks below. The more risks a person has, the greater the chances are.
Mental Illness in The Family
Having family members with depression raises a person's risk. This is also true for those with a spouse or partner with mental illness.
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- Adrian Preda, MD
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