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Depression in an evolutionary context

Wolpert, L; (2008) Depression in an evolutionary context. Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine , 3 , Article 8. 10.1186/1747-5341-3-8. Green and gold open access

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Abstract

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.

Type:Article
Title:Depression in an evolutionary context
Open access status:An open access publication. A version is also available from UCL Discovery.
DOI:10.1186/1747-5341-3-8
Publisher version:http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1747-5341-3-8
Language:English
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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