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Who gets depression?

Anyone can get depression. There are certain factors that can increase a person's risk of developing depression. These factors include having a close family member with depression, taking certain medications, a past history of depression, having recently given birth (postnatal or postpartum depression) and having another long-term medical condition, such as diabetes or cancer.

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Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 27 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Bipolar disorder

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