Sadness or mood swings are not necessarily associated with depression.

Being depressed is not the same as having depression.

The characteristics of being depressed: 

  • Normal depressive reaction related to certain life events (bereavement, separation, divorce, job loss, bankruptcy…).
  • Time-limited.
  • Fickle phenomena, the person still responds to certain pleasures and other stimuli.

The characteristics of depression: 

  • Moral pain that leads to an abrupt change in behaviour, in the way of being, of which those around you become aware.
  • The duration of true depression is usually long (> 2 weeks).
  • The depressed person does not respond to stimuli and finds little or no pleasure in any activity.