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Depression in Ministry

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10 Tell-Tale Signs of Depression

by Steve Arterburn of New Life Ministries


  1. Do you feel like crying more often now than you normally have in the past? Do you feel sad or blue much of the time? When you see yourself in the mirror, do you appear to be sad, or do others comment that you no longer seem happy?

  2. Do you frequently have a sense of hopelessness or helplessness? Do you think that nothing matters or that nothing will do any good? Does the phrase,"What's the use?" come to mind frequently?

  3. Do you have less motivation and interest in activities, hobbies, work or relationships you have previously enjoyed?

  4. Has your sleep pattern changed? Do you find yourself unable to sleep at night, or struggling with restlessness that leaves you tired in the morning? Do you have trouble getting out of bed, wanting to sleep all day?

  5. Have you had thoughts recently that life is just not worth living? Do you wish God would just take you home?

  6. Do you dread the beginning of a new day, the anticipation of your responsibilities, decisions, and meetings with co-workers or others?

  7. Are you anxious and stressed? Are you worried and concerned about the past or about what the future may hold?

  8. Have your eating patterns changed? Have you lost your appetite? Is even favorite food no longer of interest? Are you eating much more than you previously did, perhaps even an excessive intake of junk foods?

  9. Do you have less energy than usual? Are there other physical symptoms that differ from the past, such as frequency of headaches, upset stomach, constipation, or rapid heartbeat?

  10. Do you feel that you are not functioning as well at work as you have in the past, and that others are beginning to notice this?

What is Depression?

If you think you may have depression, you’re not alone. In fact, more than 20 million adults in the Unites States alone suffer from depression, and there are millions more around the world. Depression affects people of all ages, genders, backgrounds, lifestyles, and ethnic groups.

Depression is a medical condition that affects your body--the way you think, and how you feel and act. Everyone feels sad, disappointed, or upset at some time in their life. But when you have depression, these feelings of sadness can go on for weeks, months, even years. Depression is painful and can make it hard sometimes for you to do even the simplest things.

Depression is Treatable

Depression is a medical condition that requires treatment, just like a broken bone. Depression is a condition you have; it doesn’t define who you are. Talk to your health care provider to determine if you have depression and what form of treatment may be best for you.

DISCLAIMER: I am not a mental health professional, or doctor. If you think you may be suffering from depression, please go and see a doctor straight away for professional advice. This site cannot take the place of advice from a medical professional, it was not intended to. Material is presented for informational purposes only.