Symptoms of Depression
by Jamal Ross
Major depression is one of the common psychologic conditions worldwide. During a lifetime, about 12% of individuals may be affected by depression worldwide. In the United States and Europe, about 18% of individuals may deal with major depression. (1) The symptoms of major depression include: depressed mood, a lack in the interest and pleasure in most, if not all, activities of life; changes to eating habits, weight, sleep, energy level and concentration. Today, let us find out more the symptom of a depressed mood.
One of the most recognized symptoms of major depression is a depressed mood. A depressed mood speaks to how someone feels. We can see it in someone’s countenance. A facial expression can appear flat, with a lack of emotion. There can be an avoidance of eye contact. Having a depressed mood means someone feels sad, “blue,” “numb,” “down in the dumps,” or as if they have no feelings at all. Also, someone with a depressed mood can be irritable or “cranky.” While we all have days where we feel down, with major depression these feelings occur on most days for at least 2 weeks. (2)
If you are dealing with a depressed mood, I want you to take hope today. Even in the trials that precipitate a depressed mood, you can have joy. With these trials, you are learning patience and perseverance (James 1:2–3). You are being strengthened in your faith. Continue to hope. God will “bless you and keep you”; He will “make His face shine upon you” and will “lift up His countenance upon you” ( See Numbers 6:24–26). Your feelings of depression will turn into joy as you come to know and trust Jesus as your savior and healer.
1. Krishnan R. Unipolar depression in adults: Epidemiology. In: UpToDate, Solomon D. (Eds), UpToDate, Waltham, MA (Assessed July 27, 2022)
2. American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.)