evolutionary biology

The helpful delusion: Evidence is growing that mental illness is more than dysfunction, with enormous implications for treatment

This article by Prof. Justin Garson has been published in Aeon magazine. It begins: “Most people thought my dad lived alone. He didn’t. He lived with God and the French actress Catherine Deneuve. They were outside of him but somehow projected…
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A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century: Evolution and the Challenges of Modern Life

This book has be written by Heather Heying and Bret Weinstein. The publisher says: “A bold, provocative exploration of the tension between our evolutionary history and our modern woes – and what we can do about it We are living through…
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Primum non nocere: an evolutionary analysis of whether antidepressants do more harm than good

This review has been published on the PubMed website. The abstract says: “Antidepressant medications are the first-line treatment for people meeting current diagnostic criteria for major depressive disorder. Most antidepressants are designed to perturb the mechanisms that regulate the neurotransmitter serotonin…
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We’ve Got Depression All Wrong. It’s Trying to Save Us.

“New theories recognize depression as part of a biological survival strategy.” This article in Psychology Today has been written by Dr. Alison Escalante. It begins: “For generations, we have seen  depression  as an illness, an unnecessary deviation from normal functioning. It’s an…
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Are mental health disorders ever purely biological?

“Think about the basic framework of this proposition: an animal that has evolved for millions of years, roughly 350,000 in the present form, experiences its greatest century to date in terms of population expansion, while simultaneously billions of our brains…
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Good Reasons for Bad Feelings: Insights from the Frontier of Evolutionary Psychiatry

This book has been written by Randolph Nesse. The publishers say: “With his classic book Why We Get Sick, Randolph Nesse established the field of evolutionary medicine. Now he returns with a book that transforms our understanding of mental disorders by exploring…
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The Age of Empathy: Nature’s Lessons for a Kinder Society

“Empathy is a key concept in mental healthcare and the creation of a wellbeing society that fosters good mental health. Hence the relevance of “ The Age of Empathy: Nature’s Lessons for a Kinder Society “, written by biologist and primatologist Dr Frans de Waal. The publishers say: “Empathy holds…
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The Culture of Our Discontent: Beyond the Medical Model of Mental Illness

This book has been written by Prof. Meredith Small. The publishers say: “By many estimations, the Western medical model of mental health is dangerously incomplete. If we step outside of the traditional disease model there are many new and different…
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