Depression Might Be Trying to Tell Us Something

This article by Justin Garson has been published in Psychology Today. It begins:


  • Medical breakthroughs don’t always come from discovering new facts but also from seeing old facts in a new way.
  • An emerging evolutionary paradigm sees depression as a designed response to a life problem, rather than a disorder.
  • Seeing depression as a designed response has implications for treatment, and it’s a useful ally in the fight against stigma.

Until recently, a central tenet of biomedical psychiatry was that depression is caused by low serotonin levels. A recent study has debunked that claim, to great publicity. In response, some researchers have called for “doubling down” on the search for biological causes of depression. I want to present something radically different.

What if depression is purposeful, rather than pathological? What if it’s a designed response to a problem of life, not a disease? …”

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