Several things increase a
young person's chance of developing
depression. These include:
Having a parent or immediate family member who is depressed. This
is the most important risk factor for depression. Children or teens who have a
parent with depression are up to 3 times more likely to develop
Having been depressed before, especially if depression
first occurred at an early age.
Having a long-term medical
condition, such as
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 14, 2014
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