I think we have a tendency to be overly judgmental of people that are depressed, as though it is due to a lack of faith, many of you have never served in combat, worked in a prison, worked in a Psych hospital, or an inner-city Trauma Center…I have done all of the above! On a weekly basis I see death and dying people, grieving people, and people with no hope…..does it have an effect on me? YES! We can argue back and forth whether depression is chemical, emotional, or spiritual….but the bottom line is depression can and will affect anyone (Moses, David, Elijah, Hannah, Jesus, and Paul) all had bouts with depression….we like to act “deep” and say “Not me!” Well I think we are either lying or perfect….and I don’t know any perfect people….BTW Depression is NOT a sin, how do I know that? Because Jesus was sinless….but even HE was depressed. Here is a simple test to see if YOU are suffering from depression.
Complete this quiz to find out if you’re showing signs of depression.
Check one answer for each question that best describes you for the past 7 days.
1. Falling Asleep *
I never take longer than 30 minutes.
I take at least 30 minutes to fall asleep, less than half the time.
I take at least 30 minutes to fall asleep, more than half the time.
I take more than 60 minutes to fall asleep, more than half the time.
2. Sleep During the Night *
I do not wake up at night.
I have a restless, light sleep with a few brief awakenings each night.
I wake up at least once a night, but I go back to sleep easily.
I awaken more than once a night and stay awake for 20 minutes or more, more than half the time.
3. Waking Up Too Early *
Most of the time, I awaken no more than 30 minutes before I need to get up.
More than half the time, I awaken more than 30 minutes before I need to get up.
I almost always awaken at least 1 hour or so before I need to, but I go back to sleep eventually.
I awaken at least 1 hour before I need to, and can’t go back to sleep.
4. Sleeping Too Much *
I sleep no longer than 7-8 hours/night, without napping during the day.
I sleep no longer than 10 hours in a 24-hour period including naps.
I sleep no longer than 12 hours in a 24-hour period including naps.
I sleep longer than 12 hours in a 24-hour period including naps.