Symptoms of Depression: Depressed Mood

August 12, 2022

Symptoms of Depression

depressed mood

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.)

Jamal Ross

Dr. Jamal Ross is an internist and pediatrician who possesses a passion for prayer and preventative medicine. He has worked in the fields of primary care and hospital medicine.

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