The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) lists the following as symptoms of depression:
- Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" mood; Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
- Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed, including sex
- Decreased energy, fatigue, being "slowed down"
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
- Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
- Appetite and/or weight loss or overeating and weight gain
- Thoughts of death or suicide
- suicide attempts
- Restlessness, irritability
- Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain
I wonder if anyone at the U of C has considered the possibility that people who persistently feel sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, guilty, and worthless are less likely to "strongly believe in God" than those not suffering from depression.