Frequently Asked Questions

5. What can put someone at risk for depression?

Several factors, or a combination of factors, may contribute to depression.

Genes — people with a family history of depression may be more likely to develop it than those whose families do not have the illness.

Personal History — Older adults who had depression when they were younger are more at risk for developing depression in late life than those who did not have the illness earlier in life.

Brain chemistry — people with depression may have different brain chemistry than those without the illness.

Stress — loss of a loved one, a difficult relationship, or any stressful situation may trigger depression.