Anyone can suffer from depression regardless of age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, national origin or religion. But there are some things that could increase your risk for depression. Some of these include:
- Being LGBTQ in an unsupportive or hostile environment. In fact, LGBTQ teens are six times more likely to experience symptoms of depression than the general population. (View Source)
- Being the victim or witness of violence recently or as a child.
- Having other conditions, such as bipolar or anxiety disorder, an eating disorder like
anorexia or bulimia, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
- Ongoing pain or illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, asthma, or a physical disability.
- Abusing alcohol, nicotine or other drugs.
- Low self-esteem issues due to obesity, long-term bullying, academic problems or learned
behaviors like being self critical or pessimistic.
- A family history of depression, mental illness or substance abuse.
- Having a dysfunctional family life or experiencing a stressful family event such as
divorce, parents in the military, or the death of a loved one.