Demons formerly believed to cause depression and melancholia. The Blues is a shortening of this seventeenth century expression. Can be used in a similar way to 'the Black Dog', as a synonym for depression.
'Are you alright X? You seem a bit down.'
'Just a touch of the blue devils.'
'Did you hear? X had to be sectioned - they were self-harming!'
'Yep. Off to the blue-devil factory.'
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