Deeper than a dip
We all have the occasional dip or moment of discouragement - sometimes called ‘languishing’ or ‘bwa de vivre’. That is quite normal, it often has a clear cause and it generally passes by having a good cry or by talking to a relative or professional.
Depression, however, goes deeper. It manifests itself as a daily sombre mood and less interest in people and things you used to enjoy. When this continues for several weeks and when it is paired with symptoms like insomnia, restlessness or inhibition, this might indicate a depressive disorder.
People who suffer from depression often see their appetite decrease or increase, and they struggle with feelings of worthlessness, an unwarranted sense of guilt, a loss of concentration, indecisiveness and recurring thoughts about death or suicide.