Depression as an Evolutionary Adaptation

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Rafael Euba

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Published: 13 June 2018 | Article Type :


There have been numerous attempts to understand depression within an evolutionary context. From a philosophical point of view, evolutionary approaches to illness appear to start from an assumption that all natural processes must have a positive purpose. However, depression poses an enormous cost to the individual, both in terms of survival and reproduction, the two main goals of natural selection.

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