Anyone can feel sad or depressed at
times. But mood disorders are more intense and last longer. They are also harder to
manage than normal feelings of sadness. Children, teens, or adults who have a parent
with a mood disorder have a greater chance of also having a mood disorder. But life
events and stress can expose or worsen feelings of sadness or depression. This makes the
feelings harder to manage.
Sometimes life's problems can
trigger depression. Things such as being fired from a job, getting divorced, losing a
loved one, having a death in the family, and financial trouble, all can be difficult.
Coping with the pressure may be troublesome. These life events and stress can bring on
feelings of sadness or depression. Or they can make a mood disorder harder to
The risk of depression in women is
nearly twice as high as it is for men. Once a person in the family has this diagnosis,
their siblings and their children have a higher chance of the same diagnosis.