Risk Assessments

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, medications, drug or alcohol abuse, or hormone levels. Any one of these factors, or a combination of them, can make depression more likely. The following questionnaire can help you assess your risk for depression.

1. In the last year have you thought seriously about killing yourself?
2. Have any of these stressful events happened to you during the last 12 months? (Check all that apply.)
3. Have you been in trouble with the law in the last 12 months?
4. Has someone close to you recently committed suicide?
5. Has anyone in your family (parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunts, or uncles) had any of the following conditions? (Check all that apply.)
6. Do you have or have you ever had any of these conditions? (Check all that apply.)
Publication Source: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. American Psychiatric Association. 2013, 5th ed., pp. 162-4.
Author: Lambert, J.G. M.D.
Online Source: What is depression? National Institute of Mental Healthhttp://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/depression/index.shtml <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
Online Source: Men and depression, National Institute of Mental Healthhttp://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/men-and-depression/index.shtml <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
Online Source: The numbers count, National Institute of Mental Healthhttp://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/the-numbers-count-mental-disorders-in-america/index.shtml <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
Online Source: If You Are in Crisis and Need Immediate Help, National Institute of Mental Healthhttp://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/suicide-prevention/if-you-are-in-crisis-and-need-immediate-help.shtml <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
Online Source: National Suicide Prevention Lifelinehttp://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
Online Editor: Sinovic, Dianna
Online Medical Reviewer: Nelson, Gail MS, APRN, BC
Online Medical Reviewer: Pierce-Smith, Daphne, RN, MSN, CCRC
Date Last Reviewed: 4/23/2015
Date Last Modified: 4/29/2015