The Depths

The Depths

The Evolutionary Origins of the Depression Epidemic

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"Why are we losing the fight against depression? In this groundbreaking work, psychologist Jonathan Rottenberg explains that despite advances in pharmaceutical science, progress has been hampered by our fundamental misunderstanding of depression as a psychological or chemical defect. Instead, Rottenberg introduces a surprising alternative: that depression is a particularly severe outgrowth of our natural capacity for emotion; it is a low mood gone haywire. Drawing on recent developments in the science of mood-and his own harrowing depressive experience as a young adult-Rottenberg explains depression in evolutionary terms, showing how its dark pull arises from adaptations that evolved to help our ancestors ensure their survival. Weaving together experimental and epidemiological research, clinical observations, and the voices of people who have struggled with depression, The Depths offers a bold new account of why depression endures-and points the way toward new paths for treatment"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, [2014]
ISBN: 9780465022212
0465022219
9780465069736
0465069738
Characteristics: x, 256 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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Mar 18, 2014

Our society is sick and it takes some getting used to in order to operate with some degree of sanity within it. We choose to ignore many of the ills of our society because we feel powerless to stop them or fool ourselves into believing someone else is addressing the problems.

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