Wolpert, L; (2008) Depression in an evolutionary context. Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine , 3 , Article 8. 10.1186/1747-5341-3-8.
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Sadness and low levels of depression are adaptive since they lead the individual to try and make up a loss. By contrast, severe or clinical depression is not adaptive, but can be thought of as sadness having become malignant.
|Title:||Depression in an evolutionary context|
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|Additional information:||© 2008 Wolpert; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.|
|UCL classification:||UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Biosciences (Division of)|
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