At the mental health conference I attended last week, I was told depression is a common diagnosis among the clergy. Pastors have a much higher rate of clinical depression than most other professions.
Depression has been around for centuries and the best example of depression in the Bible is Elijah in 1 Kings 19, a text I have preached on several times.
We were told a person is probably clinically depressed if at least five of the following nine symptoms persist for two weeks or more:
1. feeling depressed or being irritable
2. lack of interest or pleasure in activities which used to bring pleasure
3. sleep problems
4. feeling guilty, especially among people of faith
6. confusion or difficulty concentrating
7. changes in appetite either way
9. thoughts of suicide
People of faith need to be reminded depression is an illness and not the result of personal sin or lack of faith.
If you would like more help with a mental health question, Pastor Heather and I can recommend resources.