Am I Depressed?

“Depression is the common cold of mental illness,” my colleague used to say. Who hasn’t had a “common” cold, and countless times? We all have. A sad, dejected mood, especially if it persists, can indicate more serious problems than an emotional “Ha-choo!” now and then.

Because depression is so widespread a mental heath experience for some and a concern for others, the signs of potential depression need to be widely known.  You may find them listed at To save you time, I list the nine symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder:


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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