Am I Depressed? II

Depression, the common cold of mental illness, affects most of us at one time or another. In my last blog, I listed four symptoms health professionals consider signs of depression. Here are the others:

5. Do I engage in meaningless acts? Pacing, wringing my hands, twirling my hair? Are my thoughts, feelings, or motions slowing? Have others noticed me doing these things almost daily over 2 weeks?

6. Am I tired, with little or no energy almost daily for 2 weeks? Don’t count fatigue from exercise or from another medical condition.

7. Do I feel worthless, useless, or guilty? A lot? Overwhelming, daily feelings of worthlessness not tied to anything specific can indicate depression. These feelings can be so strong as to become delusional. This is not simple self-blame, or guilt for being sick.

8. Do I have a harder time concentrating? If family or friends comment about this, you may be depressed.

9. Do I keep thinking about death? Suicide? Have I thought of a plan? Have I attempted suicide? Depressed people commonly think about dying (60%). But because about 15% take their own life, if we’re depressed, we should seek professional help.

If you have 5/6 symptoms, you may have mild major depression; if 7/8, moderate; but if 8/9 consider yourself as possibly severe.

I hope you’re not depressed, but if you are, help is available. Your doctor, pastor, or counselor want to know you struggle with these feelings. They are also able to help. Don’t delay making an appointment.


Next blog we look at some Scriptures on depression.

About Grose

Gordon Grose loves most to write, speak, and preach on the message of hope from the book of Job. Using drama, video, and PowerPoint, he has preached and presented this message of hope to churches around the country. Grose pastored three congregations 25 years, then served 12 years as a pastoral counselor in a Portland, Oregon counseling clinic. He now serves with Good Samaritan Counseling Services, Beaverton, OR. A graduate of Wheaton College (IL), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Brandeis University, and Boston University, he comes from a rich and varied background in theological and counseling training. In 2015, Gordon published Tragedy Transformed: How Job's Recovery Can Provide Hope For Yours, a book about turning to Job for hope after tragedy. If you have experienced life challenges or personal tragedy, visit his Transforming Tragedy ( blog to learn more. provides a sample of Gordon's speaking as well as an opportunity to purchase copies of his book.
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