Depression Risk Assessment
Millions of people in the U.S. suffer from depression. More women than men suffer
from this health condition. Major depression is an illness that affects a person’s
body, feelings, thoughts, and behavior.
Certain things can trigger an episode of depression. They include a stressful
life event, genetics, physical illness, medicines, substance abuse, or hormone
Any one of these factors, or a combination of them, can make depression more likely.
following questionnaire can help you assess your risk for depression.
first-degree family member(s) (mother, father, brother,
Depression Suicide (attempted or
Alcoholism Type 2
diabetes Type 1
disease HIV positive or HIV
Depression Cancer None
You have told us that there are no major risk factors in your current lifestyle and
circumstances that would put you at risk of developing depression.
If you are concerned that you may be depressed, talk with your healthcare provider
or a trained mental health professional.
You have told us that you have significant risk factors in your current lifestyle
and circumstances that put you at higher risk of developing depression.
Having symptoms of depression does not necessarily mean you are depressed. Other conditions
or illnesses can cause similar symptoms. It does mean that you should talk with your
healthcare provider or a trained mental health professional who can diagnose your
The answers you have given us show you are at risk for suicide.
If you have not already done so, talk with your healthcare provider, a family member,
someone at a mental health clinic, or other supportive person as soon as you can.
Find out where you can get help. Don’t ignore this!
If you are thinking of harming yourself now, and have a plan and a
means to do it, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room. You can
call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255). It is open
hours a day, every day. They speak English and Spanish. Or visit the lifeline’s
website at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org. This resource gives you crisis
intervention right away. It also offers information on local resources. It is
Put emergency phone numbers in your phone or keep them in your wallet or purse. These
include a trusted friend or relative, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and
your counselor or healthcare provider.
This information is not intended as a substitute for professional
health care. Always talk with a healthcare provider for advice about your
health. Only your healthcare provider can diagnose depression.