The nurse is interviewing a client with clinical depression. Which of the following risk factors would the nurse expect to find in the client’s history? Select all that apply.

  • normal childhood
  • family history of depression
  • recent major life change
  • Lipitor used to treat high blood pressure
Numbers 2, 3 and 4 are correct.
Known risk factors associated with clinical depression include family history of depression and a recent major life change. Certain medications are known to cause depression in some patients including prednisone, calcium channel blockers, birth control pills, and statins. High levels of anxiety—demonstrated as irritability—are commonly seen in childhood.